Peugeot QUARTZ ConceptOctober 2, 2014
The Peugeot QUARTZ Concept is a crossover with a 500hp HYbrid drivetrain.
The QUARTZ uses a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprised of a petrol engine supplemented by two electric motors. A 1.6-litre THP 270 powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder engine delivers torque of 330Nm, and has a specific output of nearly 170hp per litre.
The front axle is also driven by an 85kW electric motor with direct drive. This charges the 400V battery during deceleration and assists the combustion engine with gear changes. The rear axle also features an 85kW electric motor for propulsion and battery charging.
There are three driving modes: ZEV can cover up to 31 miles on a single battery charge using the plug-in battery; Road mode uses the combustion engine and front electric motor; Race mode harnesses the power of the engine and both electric motors to get the most out of the chassis, and there’s a limited-slip differential for increased driver engagement.
The front axle of the QUARTZ employs bespoke MacPherson struts. On the rear there’s a multi-arm suspension arrangement including the on-board electric motor. The pneumatic suspension automatically adjusts ground clearance between 300 and 350mm. This is controlled by an optical system that uses cameras linked to the satellite navigation to read the road and anticipate changes in its surface.
The QUARTZ is based on the same EMP2 platform that underpins the new 308 with a composite structure and bonded panels which save weight. The Concept’s wheels are covered with composite flaps, optimising aerodynamic flow.
The QUARTZ Concept is the first-ever vehicle to employ digitally woven textile. This innovative process can create large and complex components that can be used as soon as they come off the machine. No cutting is required meaning no waste. The textile is woven with polyester fibre from recycled plastic water bottles.