The Peugeot Hoggar

The Peugeot Hoggar

 

Two Engines, Two Gearboxes And Four-Wheel Drive!

The Peugeot Hoggar is an outrageous and imposing two-seater buggy, powered by two powerful diesel engines capable of driving both the front and rear wheels.

Hoggar style

The Hoggar is a particularly compact design, both elegant and dynamic in character and combining strength and robustness in equal measure.

Following the example of the RC Diamonds and RC Spades sports car concept, the bonnet’s front end envelops the grille and the distinctive lion badge. 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.

Hoggar Engineering

The Hoggar is a two-seater sports car for extreme conditions, with two up-to-the minute power trains deployed transversally, one at the front, the other at the rear, giving it the attributes of a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The car principally consists 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. Each displaces 2168 cc and produces maximum power of around 180 bhp. The two engines therefore supply a combined power of nearly 360 bhp and a maximum torque of ... 800 Nm!

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Published 30 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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