The second-largest auto manufacturer in Europe wasn't always consumed by cars. Peugeot has a long and storied past of building everything from tools and pepper mills to bicycles that have pedaled their way to Tour de France victory. This article, however, will focus on Peugeot's cars, and not one of those compact models that dodge and dart in Parisian traffic, but the screaming, diesel engine-equipped 908 RC concept car.
If you've read any of our other concept car articles, like How the sQuba Works, you know that a concept car is precisely that: a car based on a concept. Often the concept is a radical idea fostered out of years of research and development. Motorsports plays a large role too, as technology and materials are created for race cars that can be reused in production cars. That's the idea behind the Peugeot 908 RC limousine.
Dubbed a superlimo, Peugeot's 908 RC (built in 2006) is part supercar, part touring sedan. Similar to a Lamborghini Murcielago, the 908 RC has sharp angles and a sleek stance. At the same time, the compact limo is big and comfortable, with room for four.
Auto manufacturers use concept cars as a way to capture the public's imagination, to generate buzz and boost sales, and to show the rest of the industry what they can do. Let's face it, cars have always been expressive (and expensive), and concept cars are a great way to test a market before building a new model.
Many manufacturers, Peugeot among them, also leverage motorsports as a way to develop and sell vehicles. So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or in this case, the 908 RC or its fast and feisty alter ego, the 908 HDi FAP race car? Read on to find out.