Future Models - Renault 2019 Zoe
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Pocket rocket: The Renault Zoe e-sport concept can reportedly sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds thanks to twin electric motors and all-wheel-drive.
340kW Renault Zoe e-sport micro car concept draws on Formula E experience
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9 March 2017
RENAULT has drawn upon its experience in the Formula E all-electric racing
series to create the Zoe e-sport concept for the Geneva motor show, packing a
battery-powered twin electric motor set-up that pumps out 340kW of power and
640Nm of torque.
The twin motors are situated on both the front and rear axles sending power to
all four wheels, and can be adjusted to send the majority of torque to either
end of the car.
Power output in the Zoe e-sport is actually greater than that of its Formula E
counterpart, as power in the single-seat racing series is capped at 201kW, but
features similar technology such as the air-and-water cooling system with
front-mounted radiator, and high-capacity permanent magnet technology which
maximises energy efficiency.
Powertrain settings can be adjusted to control energy consumption, and four
different driving modes are available.
The battery pack has a 40kWh capacity and weighs 450kg, bringing the total
weight of the micro car to 1400kg.
This enables the Zoe e-sport to rocket from a standstill to 100km/h in just 3.2
seconds and on to an electronically-capped top speed of 210km/h which Renault
says takes less than ten seconds to achieve.
Renault has offset the heavy battery pack with the use of carbon-fibre bodywork
to help minimise overall weight.
Exterior highlights include aerodynamic aids such as a front air dam, flat
undercarriage, Formula E-inspired diffuser and carbon-fibre tailgate, while
aesthetic touches include 20-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, Satin Blue
finish with yellow highlights on the mirrors and grille, and carbon-fibre
bumpers, tailgate spoiler air intake surrounds.
Handling is enhanced by a lowered ride height, wider track, racing-developed
double-wishbone suspension front and rear, four-way adjustable dampers and
245/35 R20 tyres.
Inside the cabin is a rectangular steering wheel, Alcantara trim, two Recaro
bucket seats with competition harnesses and a tubular steel rollcage with
protective Kevlar panels which certifies the car for race track use.
The regular Zoe is not offered in Australia but has been the top-selling pure
EV in Europe for the last two years, and according to the French brand, last
year, more than a quarter of all European EVs sold were Renaults.
It is not the first time that Renault has used its motorsport nous to come up
with wild and outlandish concepts, with the most notable probably being in 1995
when it put a 588kW 3.5-litre V10 from the 1993 Williams-Renault Formula One
car into an Espace mid-size people mover.
It used a carbon-fibre F1 chassis, mid-mounted engine and six-speed automatic
transmission, and was able to race from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and on to a
top speed of 312km/h.