Re­nault’s fire­cracker

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

LIT­ER­ALLY fly­ing un­der the radar at the Geneva mo­tor show was Re­nault’s Zoe-e-sport con­cept hot hatch.

The 340kW “mi­cro car” is said to ac­cel­er­ate to 100km/h in a su­per car quick 3.2 sec­onds.

Based on the all-elec­tric Zoe’s su­per­mini plat­form, the es­port con­cept draws on Groupe Re­nault’s three years of suc­cess in the FIA For­mula E Cham­pi­onship.

This all-elec­tric sin­gle­seater se­ries, fought on chal­leng­ing street cir­cuits around the world, has proved a pop­u­lar and ac­ces­si­ble way for the pub­lic to en­joy high­per­for­mance elec­tric rac­ing.

The two-seater Zoe e-sport con­cept echoes the styling of the lat­est Re­nault sin­gle-seater race cars and its colour scheme re­flects the liv­ery of the e.dams team.

The light­weight body struc­ture is made of car­bon fi­bre and the car tips the scales at just 1400kg, in­clud­ing the bat­tery (450kg).

The min­i­mal weight in ad­di­tion to ex­cel­lent aero­dy­nam­ics, power close to 460bhp and torque of 640Nm, helps the car to ac­cel­er­ate from stand­still to 100km/h in 3.2 sec­onds.

De­sign direc­tor Stéphane Janin said the brief for the con­cept was “have fun”.

“So we came up with some­thing mid­way be­tween a pro­duc­tion model and a rac­ing car.

“It’s per­fect for lovers of ex­treme driv­ing sen­sa­tion.

“At Re­nault, we be­lieve that elec­tric cars are ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing the needs of all types of cus­tomers, with the em­pha­sis on driv­ing en­joy­ment.”

The con­cept’s con­nec­tion to For­mula E is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent thanks to a colour scheme in­spired by the reign­ing cham­pion Re­nault e.dams team’s 2016/2017 liv­ery.

The dom­i­nant colour is satin blue with flashes of yel­low on the door mir­ror and the front and rear bumper bead­ing. The bumpers, lip spoiler and head­light/air in­take sur­rounds have a car­bon fi­bre fin­ish.

The 20-inch di­a­mond-cut alu­minium al­loy sport wheels fea­ture con­trast­ing an­gles high­lighted by a two-tone fin­ish in black and shadow chrome.

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