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Geneva Motor Show: Renault Zoe e-Sport concept

By Louis Cordony, 08 Mar 2017 News

Geneva Motor Show: Renault Zoe e-Sport concept

Renault reveals 338kW all-electric hot hatch

Renault’s proven electrifying performance isn’t limited to supercars.

At the Geneva Motor Show it’s taken the drivetrain hardware from its championship-winning Formula E car and stuffed it into its passenger supermini EV.

Known as the Zoe e-Sport, it’s based upon the Fiesta-sized Zoe sold in Europe, but can slingshot to 100km/h from standstill in 3.2 seconds. Some 10.3 seconds faster than the road car.

Renault Zoe e-Sport concept profileThe concept car steals two Formula E-spec motors for 338kW and 640Nm worth of electric whack. Making it even more powerful than the open-wheeler from which its gizzards come.

With each motor spinning an axle of its own, they draw on a 40kWh battery pack that penalises the car 450kg, while a steel tube-frame has helped stiffen the body structure.

But thanks to a full Kevlar carbon-fibre body the e-Sport actually manages to weigh in 60kg lighter than its road counterpart.

Renault Zoe e-Sport concept rearWith a flat-underside and considerable silent stonk, the e-Sport can also run on to 209km/h, where its rear ‘diffuser’ and spoiler’s downforce should come into play.

But Renault’s given cutting-edge tools to make sure it handles. Double wishbones feature all round along with four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers.

Meanwhile Recaro buckets and harnesses strap you down behind a rectangular steering wheel and digital dash.

Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept groupAluminium switches and alcantara characterise the car’s racey interior, while its blue hue is taken from the firm’s open wheeler.

The interior features an adjustable drive mode dial which offers four options, each varying its power and thereby the car’s range. It can also adjust the torque bias and brake bias between each axle.

Unfortunately just like the Renault Twizy F1 concept, this shockingly cool Zoe should remain just that.