The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid combines the best of both worlds. It is a concept based on Peugeot’s 308 sedan, however upgrades to both the engine and the inclusion of a plug-in-hybrid powertrain make a huge difference.
At the heart of the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid is a plug-in powertrain with four-wheel drive that develops 500hp. The unit combines three sources of power, one petrol and two electric, however all of the units are capable of moving the vehicle independently of the others. The main propulsion is derived from a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S petrol engine. Then two electric motors placed on each axle provide an additional 115hp each. The front one is linked to the six-speed gearbox. The result is a combined output of 500 horsepower, netting a 0-62-miles-per-hour time of 4.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
The car features three different modes to offer alternative power choices. Road mode is specially designed for road use with power of 300hp and torque of 400Nm. The petrol engine delivers its full potential, while the rear electric motor helps during accelerations. The front electric motor is not used in this mode. Track mode delivers 400hp and 530Nm, mainly from the petrol engine and the rear electric motor. The front electric motor serves as an additional booster when accelerating. Finally Hot Lap mode is the most powerful, harnessing the full potential from the three power sources to reach a total of 500hp and maximum torque of 730Nm.
One unique feature is the braking system as they are not used every time the brakes are applied. Peugeot Sport has designed the powertrain to decelerate using the electric motors throughout the full speed range, starting at 155mph. Not only does this preserve the discs and pads, but it uses regenerative braking to recharge the battery.
“Peugeot Sport’s expertise applies an uncompromising approach to meeting targets. With our experience in hybrid vehicles developed with the Peugeot 908, the high-performance hybrid powertrain fitted to the 308 gives a glimpse of the potential for ultra-sports models in the future,” says Bruno Famin, Director at Peugeot Sport.
Produced by the same Peugeot Sport operation that ran the company’s Le Mans, Dakar, Pikes Peak and other recent racing efforts, the 308 R Hybrid also features 19-inch wheels with low-profile tires riding on a wider track, additional ventilation carved into the bodywork, a beefed-up body kit, upgraded brakes, a leather interior with room for four bucket seats.