Back in 1984, when Group B rally cars were running with very few restrictions, the 205 Turbo 16 of Peugeot made its WRC debut in the Tour de Corse. Two years later, the car had won the 1985 and 1986 drivers and constructors championships. But in 1984, Peugeot presented on the Paris Motor Show the future successor of the205T16, the Quasar.
The Quasar is a futuristic vision of a sports car, inspired by the design of science fiction spacecraft by the Peugeot Style Centre in La Garenne. Its design represents a challenge to the imagination and shows what may create when stylists, engineers and manufacturers forget the limitations of industry and unleash dreams.
As a future replacement for the current rally champion, the Peugeot Quasar chassis was based on the successful Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. The double wishbone suspensions were derived from Formula 1, with rods and sticks to ensure the permanent orientation of the wheels, reducing and unsprung the dampers efficiency.
The four-cylinder engine and 1,599 cc was naked and centrally placed. The head was DOHC with four valves per cylinder. Equipped with two turbochargers with intercooler, this engine delivers 600bhp at 4,500 rpm. Torque, according to the official figure, was about 490 Nm.
Regarding transmission, the Peugeot Quasar was an AWD monster with a center differential, and traction distribution is 40% at front axle to 60% at the rear. It had traction control and a five-speed gearbox. The brakes were disc, ventilated four-wheel drive. The tires were 255/50 Michelin MXX mounted on 16-inch wheels.
The chassis in carbon fiber and Kevlar was used to achieve a very low weight (there is no official data on this point). The profile of the car is designed to achieve high speeds. In this sense, it stressed the stained glass dome that surrounds the passenger compartment, another nod to the spacecraft. The scissor doors were opened by rotating angled almost straight forward running perpendicular to the ground.
The interior was upholstered in dark blue and red. The instrument panel was electronic, with a system liquid crystal that changes intensity depending on the ambient lighting. Warning messages were displayed on a video screen and navigation system that provides road maps and city, a real treat for the time.
The seats were anatomical and enveloping. The driving position was the typical of a race car in a very low position. The sound system was in line with the rest of the set. The hi-fi system with equalizer supplied by the Japanese firm Clarion, coupled with the acoustic study of the interior, the Peugeot Quasar turned into a real concert hall rolling with almost endless sound possibilities.
However, the car was never produced. The cancellation in 1986 of Group B suposo the end of the golden age of rallying. His successor, the S Group, cars even more amazing and with a more limited production, where you should place the Quasar, he was also canceled and instead opted for a championship based on improved street cars, the group A.
A real pity that cars like the Peugeot Quasar, the Audi RS002 or Delta ECV never have seen the light.