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.