Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Green gets mean in Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept

Green gets mean in Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept

456bhp and 472lb ft derived from a dual motor setup -using two Formula E power units- directs the power to all four contact patches.

Unfortunately for the keen driver folk interested in this level of street cred from an electric vehicle, Renault doesn't plan to put the Zoe e-Sport Concept into production as a high-performance alternative to the regular Zoe. The body is made entirely of carbon fiber, and is now home to a host of wild scoops and wings created to hint at the performance on offer. Huge centre-lock 20-inch wheels shod in 245/35 R20 tyres cover some suitably large brakes. That helps deliver excellent acceleration at 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62.13 mph) in 3.2 seconds.

So far so good, and it gets even better when we talk about the car's electric powertrain, which is powered by the same electric motor from the Formula E race vehicle. Most significantly though, the Zoe E-sport has a completely flat floor and rear diffuser.

The go-faster theme continues inside the cabin - accessible by simply tapping on a designated area - where Renault has installed a pair of Recaro bucket seats with racing harness and controls inspired by those found inside a Formula E auto. However, where the Z.E. 16 only gets one electric motor at the back, the special Zoe comes with two (front and rear) to give it all-wheel drive. To keep the motors and battery cooled Renault has used the same air and water cooling system it has developed for its Formula E team. The e-sport concept's 1,400kg mass means it's no lightweight, but nearly a third of that comes from the car's batteries.

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Top speed is limited to 130mph, just fast enough for the E-sport to make the most of its array of aerodynamic aids.

According to Stéphane Janin, Renault's Concept Car Director, the brief for the ZOE e-sport was to have fun, explaining: "we came up with something midway between a production model and a racing car".

With the standard Zoe's chassis replaced with a tubular space frame structure, it's no surprise to hear that its MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear axle have both been replaced by double-wishbone suspension all round.

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