Peugeot engineers wanted to make a futuristic green concept car that rewrote the way we thought about designing an automobile. With their Onyx supercar, Peugeot’s goal was a success.
A few of the most notable features of the Peugeot Onyx include an uncoated raw copper exterior, a one piece carbon fiber interior coated in felt, and a sleek dashboard comprised solely of recycled newspaper sheets known as “newspaper wood”.
If you think these ideas are old news, you’d be mistaken. The copper panels on the exterior are hand-shaped, and unlike anything currently in production. The kicker here is that the metal is uncoated, meaning that over time the copper exterior will develop a unique protective tarnish, giving a potential vehicle like the Peugeot Onyx a truly one of a kind “paint job”.
The interior layout pushes the boundaries of automotive design with the felt covered, one piece carbon fiber interior. The structure and material is precision manufactured in a way that locks out all exterior noise, providing a smooth, soothing driving experience.
The last notable innovation on the Peugeot Onyx supercar is a smart material aptly called “Newspaper wood”. Newspaper wood brings paper back to it’s roots, and is constructed through the adhesion of numerous layers of newspaper, fastened by resin. This green concept eventually hardens into a block, and then is shaped to create an intricate and beautiful dash design.
The Peugeot Design Lab highlights the vehicle’s slim, ergonomic design. Peugeot cites the snugness of an egg carton as the inspiration for the interior, describing it as a warm cocoon for the occupants. Finally, a double glazed roof allows for the most absolute maximum amount of natural light into the vehicle.
Though just a concept for now, the French automaker is turning heads with the Onyx. It will be interesting to see if any of their futuristic ideas are adopted by Peugeot, or by rivals in the near future.
The company has utilized the above feats to craft a superbike and scooter as well. You can check those out through the Peugeot Design Lab link below.
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