Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quark, a Peugeot vehicle

Research into the fuel cell continues at a brisk pace. After the

Peugeot Fuel Cell Taxi and the H2O, new developments have lead to the

miniaturisation and simplification of this technology, while still

providing a practical range. To mark these developments, Peugeot has

chosen to create an original concept vehicle to demonstrate this new

technology: the Quark. The Quark       

The Quark is a two-seater, four-wheel drive vehicle that uses the

integral working parts to also provide the visual appeal of the

vehicle. Each component is stylized to highlight its specific

function. The same applies to all parts in contact with the occupants,

for example the passenger grab handles, the footboards and the body,

which becomes almost an extension of the driver. The Quark chassis is

the result of cooperation between stylists and engineers, which,

ensures a perfect blend of aesthetic and technical prowess.

Although there is minimal bodywork, the body reveals at a glance that

the Quark is a Peugeot vehicle. From the design of the dual LED

headlamps and its Lion badge, to the assertive but welcoming front

grille, the overall impression is that of a futuristic, but also a

realistic vehicle. As on the 307 CC, the rear lights are also equipped

with light emitting diodes (LEDs). The front bodywork serves as a

windshield to protect the passengers, who also have dedicated storage

spaces at their disposal. At the front and at the rear, protective

panels similar to the lower front panel supports the number plates,

while at the rear, the hydrogen tank is painted red to symbolise its

contents.

An electric motor drives each of the four wheels, themselves connected

to the chassis by means of triangular wishbones. The 17'' diameter

wheels create a real sense of latent power, and emphasize the rotation

of the wheel. They are fitted with Michelin tyres with a

purposely-round cross-section and an original; ''shell-like' ' tread

profile to assist in the removal of water.

The Quark combines pure materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre.

The bucket seat has a non-slip covering to ensure good lateral support

for passengers. To use the Quark, the driver relies on a removable

interactive interface, which serves the same purpose as an ignition

key and is used in conjunction with an instrument panel. Positioned in

its housing, it provides information concerning the traction system

and the fuel cell, vehicle speed, satellite navigation, etc… Protected

by a small transparent and waterproof cover, it allows the vehicle to

be started when in place and immobilises it after removal by the

driver, as in the case of an ignition key.

The Quark1

The Quark2

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