To achieve these figures, the french turned their 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine into an Atkinson motor and paired it a detuned version of the electric motor used by one of their Le Mans prototypes.
The 208 Hybrid FE boasts a string of other impressive numbers, claiming a 25 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. Weight has also been substantially reduced through the use of CFRP. The whole car now weighs only 975 kg.
The aero improvements are amazing, but we fail to see how some of these changes apply to road cars. For example, they took out the whole rear suspension and replaced it with a carbon fiber blade.
“The 208 HYbrid FE project is essential as it explores solutions for reaching the bar of 141mpg. It also showcases our R&D work with our historic partner Total. Together, we are developing more economical vehicles, we are winning victories all over the world. Together, we are making good progress.” Maxime Picat, Director General, Automobiles Peugeot.
“With the 208 HYbrid FE, PEUGEOT and Total are combining their expertise to offer the technical solutions of tomorrow. Energy efficiency is a strategic aspect for our Group as it is at the heart of the expectations of our customers, who wish to enjoy the benefits of efficiency and yet retain driving pleasure. It is also a response to contemporary environmental challenges and the means of preserving fossil fuels, which are precious resources.” Philippe Boisseau, member of the Executive Committee, President of Marketing & Services and New Energies department at Total.