2003 Peugeot Hoggar Concept
Resembling an imposing 2-seater buggy, the Peugeot Hoggar looks avant-garde and unreal at first sight. Vast open spaces spring to mind, easily accessible to judge from the car’s robustness and latent power.
In elevation, the Hoggar has no overhang, thereby offering a highly compact volume with condensed proportions. The front wing rises over the tyre and falls back gently, before rising again abruptly at the rear wheel. This creates a general profile that is both elegant and dynamic and which, combined with the rear projection, expresses the strength and robustness of a crouching animal ready to pounce.
Following the example of the RCs , the bonnets front end envelops the grille, which houses the lion badge of the marque. Its rear end extends into the passenger compartment by means of dual, rounded sections that pass through the windscreen and culminate in two instrument panels.
The cat-like headlamps resemble half-closed but watchful eyes, while at the rear a sinewy impression is created, reinforcing the animal nature of the Hoggar, ready to leap from dune to dune.
The cultured interior features the refinement of metal and leather. Like everything which the passengers are in contact with, the dynamically designed seats are padded and covered with supple leather synonymous with luxury and comfort.
The Hoggar is a sports car for extreme conditions, with two seats and two up to the minute power trains deployed transversally, one at the front, the other at the rear, giving it the attributes of a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The car consists principally of a one-piece carbon honeycomb shell reinforced by two upper longitudinal roll-over bars made from stainless steel, each with a diameter of 76 mm. These tubes also serve as an air intake and air conduit to the front engine (left-hand tube) and rear engine (right-hand tube).
At the front of the carbon structure, as at the rear, there is a tubular sub-frame designed to support each power train. Attached to the carbon shell at six points at the front and four at the rear, these tubular frames also accommodate all suspension fittings, including the double wishbones.
Each power train incorporates the same turbocharged four-cylinder Diesel HDi engine with dual overhead camshaft and sixteen valves. Their displacement is 2168 cm3 and their maximum power 133 kW. The two engines therefore supply a combined power of 266 kW or nearly 360 bhp and a maximum torque of 800 Nm.
Each ML 6C gearbox is driven by electrically-controlled hydraulic actuators. The sequential gear change operates by means of control plates under the steering wheel or a lever on the central console. A fully automatic mode is also available.
The suspension of this concept car features double wishbones at the front and rear. Each axle is equipped with an anti-roll bar. The light-alloy wishbones allow generous clearance both in terms of compression (250 mm) and expansion (250 mm). To guarantee steering accuracy despite a total travel of 500 mm, each front suspension unit has a decoupled pivot. The four suspension units are fitted with two spring/gas damper units, each equipped with a gas reservoir. This additional capacity makes it possible to increase the volume of available gas while retaining a compact damper body.
On board this ultra high-tech open-air vehicle, natural leather and aluminium feature strongly. Two people can sit in the one-piece, cast light-alloy seats, which have leather upholstery. Each occupant is secured by a safety belt, a true four-point harness connected to four small inertia reels.
Because the Hoggar is designed as an open-air vehicle, the driver’s position is largely open and does not have a roof. The doors are in fact two small panels, forming part of the front wings, beneath which the ground can easily be seen. These panels open in the gull-wing style.
Diode technology is widely used for all of the vehicle’s signalling lights. For the direction indicator function, the front headlamps incorporate three orange-tinted plexiglass bars, cut like crystal, behind which are located LEDs.
Story by Automobiles Peugeot, edited by Supercars.net
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|engine||Twin Diesel HDi Engines|
|position||One Front Transverse, One Rear Transverse|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl;|
|displacement||4336 cc / 264.6 in³|
|power||268.5 kw / 360 bhp|
|specific output||83.03 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||276.92 bhp per tonne|
|torque||800 nm / 590.0 ft lbs|
|body / frame||One-Piece Carbon Fibre Shell w/Tubular Sub-Frames|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers|
|f brake size||x 380 mm / x 15.0 in|
|rear brakes||Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers|
|r brake size||x 380 mm / x 15.0 in|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Twin Spring-Gas Damper Units, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones w/Twin Spring-Gas Damper Units, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||1300 kg / 2866 lbs|
|wheelbase||2750 mm / 108.3 in|
|length||3960 mm / 155.9 in|
|width||2000 mm / 78.7 in|
|height||1490 mm / 58.7 in|