1988 The Forgotten Mid-Engined Peugeot Oxia Concept From 1988 Was a Car Well Ahead of its Time
The Peugeot Oxia is a high-performance supercar concept that the French Automaker conceived back in the late 80s. It pays homage to the company’s past and certainly was a technological revelation well ahead of its time. It was a supercar that would have gone up against cars like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 had it actually gone into production.
To put that into perspective, the hi-tech Oxia had north of 600 horsepower, along with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. These specs might seem normal now, but back in the ’80s, they were unheard of. Let’s dwell a little deeper to find out just what the Oxia was all about.
No Oil Test: Honda vs. Ford vs. Peugeot - Which Lasts Longer?
As a driver, you should know that driving your car with the oil light on isn’t a good idea. The oil light usually pops on when the oil level drops or there’s insufficient oil pressure. Driving with the oil light on may cause extensive and expensive damage to the engine. But how long will a car’s engine run if you drain it of all coolant and oil? The folks over at Carwow tested this out on three different cars, a Ford Focus, a Peugeot 206, and a Honda Civic.
Even though it’s titled "Etna Volcano Climb," the video above doesn’t depict a theater of the absurd, but the meaning should be taken literally – a rally car actually climbed Sicily’s Mount Etna, which is one of the most active volcanos in the world. The car in question is the Peugeot 208 T16 in rally guise, driven by national rally champion Paolo Andreucci. Obviously, part of the footage is a tribute to the famous "Climb Dance" cinéma vérité short film (click the name to see it), which featured legendary rally driver Ari Vatanen setting a record time at the 1988 Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
Not coincidentally, both films depict Peugeots, but Vatanen drove a 405 Turbo T16 GR hillclimb car, while Andreucci used a modern 208 T16 hatch built for rallying. Unlike the Climb Dance, the new Peugeot video is strictly a marketing ploy and doesn’t feature any record-breaking attempt, but the footage is still mesmerizing.
Even though the CGI shots at the end are a bit tacky, the car going sideways up those volcanic roads makes for some pretty cool video action. Despite featuring a range of craters with intense and almost continuous activity, Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s main tourist attractions. In Greek mythology, the forges of Hephaestus were said to be located underneath the volcano, so there is also a lot of history surrounding the area. That doesn’t make Peugeot’s stunt any less dangerous, since the volcano could have erupted at any moment.
For all the accolades and accomplishments Sebastien Loeb has garnered in his illustrious career, he just put another impressive notch on his belt at the recent Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Loeb’s scintillating run up Pikes Peak on board the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar only took 8:13.878, a staggering time that crushed the previous Pikes Peak record of 9:46 that was set by Rhys Millen just last year.
Wrap your heads around that and it’s easy to point out that Loeb’s record-breaking run up the mountain beat the existing top lap time by more than 90 seconds!
If there ever was a fitting way to describe "destruction" this would be it.
What makes Loeb’s time even more incredible is that Millen, the incumbent record-holder before Loeb put him in his place, likewise posted a blistering lap time on board his fully modified Hyundai Genesis, clocking in 9:02.192, almost 45 seconds faster than the record time he set last year, yet was still 45 seconds slower than Loeb’s time.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever want to put your stamp on a world record, this is how you do it.
Just complete and total annihilation.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar
If at some point you decide to take up the wonderful world of building race cars, you might want to take a look at the how Peugeot was able to build the 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car.
Don’t worry; this build didn’t take up weeks. It didn’t take days; heck, it didn’t even take hours.
It only took them 45 seconds.
Ok, it’s a time-lapse video, which means that the whole thing has been edited. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that what Peugeot did was impressive.
It started from scratch right in front of our eyes and then quickly morphed into a bona fide Pikes Peak-conquering race car, complete with a new body, a suspension unit, and its own powertrain.
That’s the power of modern science and engineering, fellas.
Ok, mixed in with nifty editing but that’s not the point.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car
Anybody that has ever been a fan of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will attest that the event holds a unique place of its own amid the races in a calendar year.
For French automaker Peugeot, 1988 and 1989 were special years, as it scored back to back triumphs with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser. The two drivers won Pikes Peak while driving a Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid, a car that gained notoriety for having a wheel steering system on top of its prevalent use of carbon Kevlar variant on its body to go with a new chassis made of sheet steel and tubular steel.
In tribute of those two successful runs at Pikes Peak, Peugeot released a special tribute video directed by Jean Louis Mourney called “Climb Dance”. Well, for those that haven’t seen the video, Peugeot has digitally-remastered the film, which not only means you can watch the whole thing over again, but you’re watching a version that’s more appropriate to the high-definition times of today.
Click past the jump to check out Peugeot’s new ride for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Fans of rally racing, especially those that know the history of the sport, know who Ari Vatanen is. His political career as a Member of the European Parliament notwithstanding, Vatanen is also famous for winning the World Rally Championship drivers’ title in 1981 and the Paris Dakar Rally four times.
One of the teams Vatanen raced for was Peugeot, where he won three of his four aforementioned Dakar Rally titles. So it’s not all that surprising that when Peugeot decided to tease its new 208 Type R5 Rally Car, it tapped Vatanen to be the one to get first dibs on it.
The teaser video shows Vatanen wearing his traditional coat and tie that has come to be known as a trademark of sorts since he entered the world of politics. But upon laying eyes on the still-covered 208 Type R5 rally car, Vatanen decided to strip down to something a little more comfortable: a fire-resistant racing suit.
Our question is: how is this car different from the 208 Type R5 that made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show?
Hopefully, Peugeot has answers for us in the coming weeks.
We haven’t seen a new Peugeot sold in the U.S. since the company pulled out of our market in 1991, and we will likely never see one again, despite their loose ties to Chrysler. This doesn’t mean that they don’t produce some cool cars, which they most certainly do. Another cool thing they do is take risks when it comes to marketing. This can lead to an absolute win or a complete loss.
This leads us to the all-new Peugeot 208, which is the European super-mini car that the automaker released as the XY Concept in Geneva. This isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill super-mini, however, as it features an impressively modern design that takes the super-mini class to a whole new level. But we are not here to talk about the 208 and its deceptively large cabin, and ultra-low emissions diesel engines. Nope, we are here to talk about only one thing… Dancing!
That’s right, Peugeot it pulling out all the stops in advertising the new 208 with the release of the “Let your Body Drive” ad campaign. It features Marquese “Nonstop” Scott – a dancer who gained fame from a viral video – performing some sweet moves around a parking lot.
Little homage is paid to the 208, as the video centers around Scott’s dancing. It’s kind of similar to those blue jeans commercials that have more to do with a scantily clad person than the jeans themselves. The commercial is just there to get your attention and make you remember it. Ah, isn’t marketing cool!
So kick back and crank up your speakers, then watch the above video of something that would likely injure most of us. We think this one is an absolute win for Peugeot. Have a look at the car too; it’s really pretty cool… for a super-mini.
More than any other day in the calendar year, April 1st requires a lot of us to be on our p’s and q’s to differentiate the legitimate news events from the ones that have, shall we say, mischief written all over them.
This one appears to be the latter.
Peugeot UK has come out with a video highlighting their latest revolutionary concept: "mood paint." Described as a reactive paint that changes its color depending on your emotions, the mood paint was developed by Peugeot technicians who used psychochromatic coating to alter the molecular structure of the paint to emit light at varying wavelengths. From there, heat sensors were put on the Peugeot RCZ’s steering wheel, which then reads the driver’s body temperature and pulse rate to change the car’s body color.
According to Vince Clisham, Peugeot’s project manager, the mood paint is a "world first for motoring."
"To have developed a paint that accurately reflects the emotion of the driver, will no doubt have our competitors green with envy," he adds.
Check out the video of Peugeot’s mood paint demonstration and tell us if this is legit or an April Fools prank from the French automaker.
Peugeot’s new flagship sedan, the 508, is scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, but the Lion brand is doing a pre-emptive strike on the proceedings by releasing a full-length ad of both the sedan and wagon variant of the 508.
The video gives us a nice little preview of what to expect when the car makes its debut in Paris at the end of September. In addition to the two unique style variants, the ad showed us a few of the 508’s features, including a start-stop push button, a pop-up information display, and a panoramic sun-roof, which we’ve been told will come as an optional feature for anyone who might want to add it in to their cars.
Shortly after making its Paris debut, the 508 is expected to find its way into dealerships sometime in the first quarter of next year where it is expected to be available in a number of engine and fuel variants with a hybrid version set to follow suit in a year’s time.
There’s nothing like attaching your brand into a movie that’s expected to be a box office hit. You know that just being mentioned in the movie is about as good as any kind of advertising will give you.
Peugeot seems to think that attaching itself to a highly-anticipated movie, like Toy Story, and making a commercial featuring the lovable Woody would go over, not just to the die-hard fans of the ground-breaking CGI movie franchise, but also to fans of anything and everything that’s involved with the automobile. So they did, and the result is a 30-second spot featuring a Pegueot 5008 and Woody, who searches the car for his hat, only to have the 5008 demonstrate a pretty nifty feature of its car, specifically the versatile seating and its rear child mirror.
We don’t really know what this commercial accomplishes other than that the tie-up with a movie like Toy Story will surely give Pegueot as much exposure as it can possibly expect. And at the end of the day, as with the tenet of commercials, exposure is the name of the game and the 5008 being seen in a commercial featuring Woody from Toy Story is about as good an exposure as the French automaker can get with these sort of movie tie-ups.
We’ve met some pretty obsessive car owners in the past, but we sure haven’t come across a car that’s obsessed with a prospective owner. That’s completely new to us and it’s also the main idea of this Peugeot commercial featuring the new RCZ. The new ad, which we’re guessing will only be shown in Europe, features a well-dressed fellow being followed by the RCZ wherever he goes, from a dark and dingy alley all the way to the sixth floor of a nearby parking garage. The RCZ apparently knows what owner is suited to drive it and once it’s got a target pegged, it will continue its chase until the man is inside the vehicle’s waiting driver’s seat. Only in Europe, folks!
Things didn’t turn out as well as Dr. Ulrich and the rest of Team Audi would have liked, but at least an R15 made it onto the podium. It was a sight to see all three Peugeot 908s regroup for the final laps of the 24 hour race, in order for that oh so important photo finish after so many years of trying. Things didn’t turn out exactly as we predicted:
Here to help you get through the beginning of the work week and just in time for a lunch break, we here at Top Speed bring you the award winning short film, Climb Dance. The video features rally legend Ari Vatanen in the Peugeot 405 T16 climbing Pikes Peak in a way that you have never seen before. Enjoy!