The 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car design originated at Peugeot's La Garenne research center in France. The car was packed with futuristic technology but wasn't really as far-out as it appeared. Senior engineer Jean Derampe called it "more than a showpiece.
By synthesizing functional reality with advanced Peugeot technologies, we've built a car that can be driven in the real world."
The super-powered, transverse-mounted, 2849cc V-6 lived behind the passenger compartment and had four valves per cylinder, operated by twin overhead cams on each bank. The Bosch Motronic management system used two separate computers (one for each bank).
All four wheels steered, too, using a mechanical variable-assist system that "enhances maneuverability at all road speeds." The electrically-adjustable rear spoiler changed angle according to road speed, to deliver peak stability at each velocity, all the way up to the conservatively claimed 187-mph limit (as we'll later see).
The Peugeot Oxia concept car's electronic tire monitoring system measured both the temperature and pressure of the 17-inch Michelin tires, which were mounted on magnesium alloy wheels. If its sensors detected a problem, the system even indicated the maximum speed that could be safely driven until a repair is made.
However, that was only part of the Oxia's complement of electronic helpers. Doors were unlocked and opened to the ajar position, either separately or simultaneously, via an electromagnetic locking system.
The car's communications center previewed systems that would be commonplace on cars in the 2000s. It included a radiotelephone to receive weather and traffic bulletins, as well as route and destination information.
The Peugeot Oxia's built-in personal computer Its color display screen, tracker ball, and keyboard could handle either travel, business, or personal chores. Key in information about your departure location, destination, and points along the route, and a road map appeared on the screen to display your progress.The map's scale depended on the speed of the car. Databases even delivered facts on hotel accommodations in upcoming cities, or schedules for public transit.
The Peugeot Oxia concept car interior was as space-age as its design. Read about it on the next page.