Supercars in detail: PGO, practical, racing, Otpad

1985 – PGO firm foundation

His automotive career brothers Gilles and Olivier Prevost started with a small repair shop for repair Renault French car, Citroen and Peugeot. Business brings good income, but wanted something of his own. And in 1985, auto repair turns into a small firmochki, which received the name of PGO (abbreviation of Pr? V? T Gilles, Olivier), and is engaged in the construction of the replica of the legendary Shelby Cobra, based on the British and French components. Thus, the V8 engine of 3.5 liters and gearbox used on Rover SD1, and a number of suspension components and steering borrowed from the Peugeot brand models. Production was tiny, and a year to build 10 “Cobra”. But copies of the Cobra are available worldwide, and demand for products PGO took place only in his native France. We needed a own car. As planned by the brothers it was again outstanding replica machine 50s. The choice fell on the Porsche 356 in the convertible version.

2000 – PGO Speedster II

The tiny car with an open body was built by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in the Volkswagen Beetle units in 1948 and then for a long time was the flagship road car Porsche brand. The car was fitted with a 40-horsepower carbureted engine and 4-speed manual transmission. In Europe, and later in the US 356 became a bestseller, he possessed many celebrities of those years (eg, Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly), and after a few upgrades he finished conveyor life in 1965, when he was the Porsche 911 replaces the.

And 356 was just a sports car, which you can quickly travel long distances. All machines are distinguished by low weight and excellent handling, without having a strong motor and any additional options, weight machine. According to this principle, and went to the PGO, creating its own version of the sports car from Stuttgart.

French is not an exact copy, but rather is made based on the original. That is why there was a II console, as if hinting to us about the second rebirth Porsche 356. The car turned in PGO even shorter than the original title in the machine – 3700 versus 3950 mm, but it is worth noting that both the width and height of more than 1735 versus 1670 mm and 1320 versus 1290 mm, respectively.

As a replica Cobra, the Speedster has a rigid steel tubular frame and exterior panels with molded fiberglass. MacPherson-type independent suspension front and rear, as well as steering with brakes borrowed from the Peugeot 206, but the two-liter engine Peugeot EW10J4 140 hp paired with a 5-step “mechanics” taken from the 405-th model of the same brand. The engine placed behind the seats, which made it possible to achieve almost ideal weight distribution of the vehicle along the axes: 42/58% front and back, respectively. With such an arsenal lightweight roadster weighs just 900 kg accelerates from zero to rating “hundreds” of 7 seconds, while the maximum speed reached 210 km / h. PGO Speedster furor among fans of exotic cars and enjoyed steady demand.

2005 – PGO Cevennes

After 5 years after the premiere of the Speedster, at the Paris Motor Show the brand new convertible was shown, has received the name in honor of Cevennes mountain range of the Cevennes in southern France. The vehicle is designed with a tubular frame and powertrain from Peugeot unchanged inherited novelty of Speedster. The main differences from its predecessor was the change in the exterior and interior. As the creators, Cevennes roadster combines the features of classic and modern cars, besides all this seasoned with sporty style.

So, new front and rear bumpers of modern design, 17-inch alloy wheels, new headlights with xenon bulbs, and in the cabin, trimmed with polished aluminum – new leather seats and a modified dashboard.

With more thoroughly, compared with the Speedster, aerodynamics Cevennes could accelerate 0-100 km / h in 6.8 seconds and a top speed increased to 215 km / h. The basic equipment of the machine consists of electric and Focal audio system with 8 speakers, and customer-specific on the Cevennes can deliver 4-step “automatic”, parking sensors, two-tone leather upholstery or separate seat suede, alcantara and paint the car with special enamels.

2007 – PGO Concept P22

Replicas of famous models, though a success among consumers, but there were still borrowed models. And at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the French company shows a concept car, which, according to the authors, was to be the replacement of the Cevennes. Compact coupe was presented in the form layout, which was not powertrain or interior. The company’s designers wanted to combine the forms of classic cars with a futuristic design, the new generation of cars.

The design turned out, to be honest, the amateur. In the opinion of creators, P22 was supposed to get a 2.2-liter engine from the Peugeot EW12J4 607 luxury sedan, boosted to 200 hp and 5-speed manual transmission, while the tubular frame was made be made of steel and aluminum, and the outer panels are made would be carbon fiber. The creators have promised to establish small-scale production coupe in 2009, but the audience gave the car more than cool, and from serial production was abandoned, concentrating on the modernization of Cevennes. The starting price for the base Cevennes starts at 40,000 euros.

2008 – PGO Cevennes Turbo CNG

In cooperation with the Swiss concern Gasverbund AG prototype roadster was created, equipped with gas equipment. Car with bitoplivnoy powerplant could run on liquefied natural gas and conventional petrol. Thanks to the use of gas fuel PGO designers managed to reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere and achieve compliance with stringent environmental machines EEV requirements for gas vehicles.

Three 8-liter gas cylinder of high strength steel were placed in the front overhang, where a conventional vehicle is the trunk, and the power reserve at the factory data, reaches 450 km. This engine develops slightly less power than regular gasoline, so to compensate for the engine equipped with a turbocharged Peugeot, with the result that he began to develop a power of around 180 hp From zero to 100 km / h potyazhelevshy nearly 120 kg roadster accelerates in 7.5 seconds and top speed, safety requirements, artificially limited at around 180 km / h. The car was painted a special polyurethane paint with a low content of harmful substances, and in the interior decoration of natural materials used recyclable. Only 24 copies were released Turbo CNG.

2009 – PGO Roadster

Car sales were going well, and in 2009 the company entered the markets of the USA and the Middle East. Among other things, it has been prepared and the option to right-hand drive, which was sold in the UK and Japanese markets. Machinery in demand among wealthy enthusiasts and collectors. The latter is often asked leaders of PGO on the establishment of a limited batch Cevennes, to have a car, “not like everyone else.”

The company went to meet him, and at the Geneva Motor Show presented an open car that gets a proper name Roadster. The convertible was built based on the original Cevennes, but had a number of differences from the standard model. The car was the most lightweight and stripped of the convertible soft top, electric windows, audio system and air conditioning. Instead, the top fabric offers a tough fiberglass roof, which in the case of bad weather it was necessary to fix several clamps. The main thing – to closely monitor the weather forecast: such a roof is simply not fit into the luggage compartment tiny cars, and it was only possible to leave the garage.

roadster weight has been reduced by almost 60 kg and its engine power increased to 150 hp thanks to the new exhaust system and the engine control unit. Of course, the car is equipped only with a 5-speed “mechanics”, and set the self-locking rear axle limited slip differential. As a result, all the tricks managed to reduce acceleration 0-100 km / h to 6.2 seconds, while the maximum speed reached 230 km / h. There were also more rigid sports shock absorbers, brakes and perforated larger diameter. Only two white stripes, just like in the classic racing cars 10 cars, each of which was painted a special “French race” blue, and on the hood, roof and trunk were produced were applied.

2011 – PGO Hemera and Cevennes

In 2011 PGO has signed a cooperation agreement with the BMW and gained access to the power units of the German mark. However, from the roots to leave the French managed to close: under the hood PGO got a 1.6-liter turbo Prince, who, as is known, was developed jointly by Peugeot-Citroen and BMW.

The engine has undergone a fair completions. Firstly, with 150 of his forces crossed the 180, the control unit reinsertion did not stop. It has been completely redesigned cooling system and testing and debugging of prototypes were made in conjunction with the BMW engineers. Radiator placed in front of the body, while the air intake comes from the slots on the bumper. Intercooler blown via the air intakes in the rear fenders, and at low speeds it further cools the powerful fan. In tandem with the motor running 6-speed manual.

Vehicle weight 1012 kg can accelerate to 225 km / h, with acceleration from zero to “hundreds” takes only 6 seconds. Along with the updated roadster of the Cevennes, the company introduced another new model with a closed two-door body, performed based on the classic coupe-wagon type «shooting brake».

Novelty Hemera name and is based on the chassis of the gig. Despite the closure of the back of the car still was mid-engined, but over the engine came up more space for luggage. Korma crowning glass dome, which successfully accommodate up to two travel bags. Machine weight increased to 1050 kg, but due to more aerodynamic body hatchback maximum speed reaches 240 km / h. This car is positioned in the firm as a supercar-class Gran Turismo.

With Chimera and updated roadster and coupe was featured version with a rigid panoramic glass roof, named Cevennes C. All three products received a recycled frame, which was 25% stiffer than its predecessors, and the outer panels are made of a durable multi-layer composite materials on the basis of fiberglass.

Standard features include leather trim and polished aluminum, air conditioning, electric windows, electric mirrors and seats, audio Hi-End class with 10 speakers and navigation with touch screen. In order to install the car 5-speed automatic transmission, limited slip differential, and the interior is trimmed with suede and carbon fiber. Price list for the model PGO was: the Cevennes Roadster – EUR 50 000 for the coupe asked for 5 000 euros more for well and Chimera – more than 60 000 euros.

2011 – PGO Cevennes Ultimate Black

To raise interest in the new products and had another limited edition roadster Cevennes, received the name Ultimate Black. As the name suggests, you can guess that all body panels are painted with black paint, appeared Blackened rims new design, with the frame of the windshield and the rearview mirrors are made of carbon fiber, and the interior is trimmed in black leather. For contrast, a number of elements of the exterior finish and interior trim have been highlighted in bright red paint – such as nameplates, rubber edging, stitching on the seats, steering wheel and dashboard and the elements on the instrument panel. All were released 15 of these roadsters, each of which is worth 70 000 euros.

2013 – PGO Cevennes Water Snake

Two years after the premiere of the updated lineup of the company PGO opened a representative office in China. In honor of this event at the Shanghai Motor Show was presented one more special edition roadster Cevennes, which was named Water Snake – «Water Snake.” Unlike their counterparts, “snake” has body panels made of carbon fiber, which are painted in a unique dark blue color, designed specifically for this model. In addition, among the external differences worth noting LED front and rear lights, a new front bumper with the developed splitter and rear spoiler that profile. The interior – a new instrument panel, carbon fiber trim in body color, audio system with the possibility of connecting external devices and new seats with suede upholstery. Technically, any changes are not there: the car was equipped by the same turbo engine capacity of 180 hp, and the client can choose from like “mechanics”, and an automatic transmission. A batch of 10 “water snakes” was quickly sold only in the Chinese market.

2015 – PGO Coastline and PGO Echo

Two years after the premiere of another special performance in the company PGO thinking about creating an exclusive program of individualization brand vehicles. As an example, at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn of 2014 it was presented two cars at once, which will be issued in a limited edition of 15 copies.

Both roadster based on the model of Cevennes and have a tubular steel frame on which are mounted exterior panels of carbon fiber. Get your own name Coastline, the car was built by yacht grounds. Among the external differences from conventional convertibles – an exclusive painting, daytime running lights and rear brake lights LED and 18-inch alloy wheels of exclusive design, made specifically for this model.

Inside, changes More: interior trimmed in Alcantara blue and gray, and stitching on the steering wheel and seats made of orange thread. Orange accents are present on door handles, as well as in the finishing of the instrument panel. As in these boats, the cabin has a bar and teak, which are located on the door cards. The car equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission and audio system with 6 speakers Focal.

The second novelty 2015 for the brand became a roadster, receiving the name Echo. Echoes of the past, this model – a tribute to the classic sports cars of the last century. In particular, a reference to the car, based on which it was created – designers drew inspiration from the racing versions of the Porsche 356 and 550.

Front and rear bumper spoilers deprived developed, additional fog lamps, body painted white, on which a vinyl graphic based on classic racing cars, and behind the driver appeared specially allocated site for attachment of a racing helmet. By the way, set the time of racing accessories, including leather gloves, glasses, scarves and helmet are included in the standard equipment of the car. In contrast to the “automatic» Coastline, Echo equipped with 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle interior in the style of the era, decorated with polished aluminum and brown leather special tanning.

brand car production PGO

The company is based in the town of Saint-Christol-les-Ales, located in the south of France. Each car is built by hand to order. Time of construction of the car takes about two to three weeks of manual labor. During the year, the company builds about 150 cars. On the production employs 20 people.

Since the company does not manufacture its own units, a large number of components and assemblies are purchased from other producers. Engines and transmissions company delivers concern BMW, and a maximum of parts used by French manufacturers, which can provide a supply of parts for small volumes manufactured. So, part of the suspension components and steering deliver with the Peugeot factory brake systems – Beringer, and tires – from Michelin.

Interesting Facts:
  • Company logo is simple and unpretentious: inscribed in a heraldic shield owners initials.
  • The company has offices throughout the world have. Since 2014, these machines can be officially bought in Russia. Premiere Cevennes and Hemera for our market took place at the Moscow International Motor Show, and became the official dealer of the company Konig Motor Club, which is ready to discuss with the customer order and service these machines in Russia.
  • PGO Company, among other things, engaged in official sales Donkervoort and Wiesmann cars in France.
  • The PGO cars almost no auxiliary electronic devices, simplifying the life of the driver. Cars equipped with only the power steering, but the ABS, ESP and other electronic helpers here anymore.
  • PGO Automobiles have been officially certified in a racing game World Racing 2, manufactured by Synetic GmbH.

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