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Meet The Peugeot Quasar: A Group B Supercar For The Road

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Back when Group B rally cars were running virtually unrestricted, faster than sense or safety, newscasters called them 'supercars.' What if you took that Group B tech and applied it to a traditional supercar concept?

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Illustration for article titled Meet The Peugeot Quasar: A Group B Supercar For The Road

This is the Peugeot Quasar concept from 1984. Anyone familiar with Peugeot's incredible 205 T16 rally car will find this car's setup familiar.

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Illustration for article titled Meet The Peugeot Quasar: A Group B Supercar For The Road

Behind the driver and before the rear axle is a 600 horsepower turbo four cylinder. The engine drives all four wheels. Everything else in the setup of the Quasar mirrors the 205, as well.

Only while the rally car looks like an ordinary hatchback (a hatchback on steroids, but a hatchback nonetheless), the Quasar is full on supercar style.

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It even had scissor doors!

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The interior might be the best part of this thing. Check out this Car Design News explanation.

The IP, doors and seats were covered in a particularly strident shade of red leather, with each seat back featuring an embossed Peugeot lion logo in reference to the brand's increasing confidence. As a contrast, the carpets were a similarly-strong shade of blue.

The interior design was heavily inspired by sci-fi, with electronics firm Clarion developing the electronic gauge pack; the hi-fi, complete with controls on the passenger side, and its centre-mounted CRT monitor, which displayed navigation information and sent and received telex messages. However, the car's exposed mechanical theme was continued, with pedals that pivoted visibly behind the dashboard.

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The concept of this thing was proven in the following two years. The mechanicals, in the 205 T16, won the World Rally Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Man, Peugeot had it going on in the '80s.

Photo Credits: Peugeot (topshot is the initial drawing by designer Paul Bracq himself)

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DISCUSSION

Peugeot, maker of awesome concept cars never making it to production since 1891.

Let's name them. So we have the Quasar, it's twin sister, the Proxima, then the Oxia which you've already talked about. In 1996 they made the Touareg. Which was entirely made of carbon fibres (for the chassis) and had an electric motor. In 1996 ! It also came with a range extender petrol engine.

Still in 1996, meet the Asphalte.

One year later, in 1997, they gave us the Crysalys while working with crazy swiss Sbarro.

In 2000, they showed the 607 Féline. Which became a Sedan.

A sedan that was also modified as a Landaulet with the Paladine (and was actually used by Nicolas "Bling Bling" Sarkozy when he became president).

Then in 2002, they decided to drop a LMP1 V6 in the 607, that was called the 607 Pescarollo.

In 2001, they gave us that...whatever this is.

In 2001 they unveiled the RC Coupé concepts (Pique for the black one, and Carreau for the red).

Then some not so great concept throughout the years. But they gave us the Hoggar concept (the name now belongs to the 207 pickup sold in South America). With two diesel engines.

In 2003, they showcased the hideous 407 with this gorgeous concept (WTF Peugeot !!)

Back to weird stuff in 2003, 2004 and 2005 with the 4002, Quark and Moovie.

Yes the 4002 is hideous and the Moovie is weird.

Let's get back to gorgeous looking concept cars. In 2005, the 20Cup, which looks like the Asphalte.

Then 908 RC, because why not put the V12 HDI from the LMP1 car in the BACK of a sedan?

2009, two new concepts the RC, which is a rather normal looking Hybrid sedan. And the RD which is... something. And the BB1 also.

2010, another instance of "Fuck you Peugeot, stop teasing us with gorgeous looking car that you could make but won't". The SR1. (This one looks really really good).

Another instance of a track day oriented car, the EX1. 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Top speed of 260 kph, powered by electric motors and supposed to have 450 km of range.

We got the next one in the shape of the 2008, the HR1.

And a BIIG SUV, the SxC.

In 2011, they showed the HX1, which looked gorgeous.

After some good but safe looking concepts, back to crazy town with the Onyx, Exalt and Quartz.