Renault ZOE Makes The Nissan Leaf Look Even More Useless

Posted March 09, 2017

Renault is showing a Zoe concept in Geneva geared toward fans of electric racing cars. The E-sport is much more intune with Renaultsport produce which evo has a soft spot for. Like the Formula E racer, it uses high-capacity magnet technology created to maximize energy efficiency.

The Formula E links don't stop at the appearance.

Equipped with a pair of electric motors, the EV is capable of churning out 460hp and 472lb-ft. The dash features three zones that permit management of the gearbox, the driving mode where four options available and brake distribution. Renault claims a brisk zero-to-62-mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 130 miles per hour. 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.

But thanks to a full Kevlar carbon-fibre body the e-Sport actually manages to weigh in 60kg lighter than its road counterpart. Due to the high-performance nature of the electric powertrain, the Zoe e-Sport dedicates almost a third of its 1,400 kg weight to a larger 450 kg battery, which is 160 kg more than one found in the standard auto. Unsurprisingly that's quite a bit quicker than an ordinary Zoe - in fact, it's whopping 10.3sec faster. It will also accelerate to a top speed of 209 km/h but how is this possible?

With 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.

The e-sport concept rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and has been lowered and widened compare to the regular Zoe.

Due to the new chassis structure, the standard MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension setup have been replaced with double-wishbones all around.

The ZOE e-sport concept is unlikely to make it into production, but it sends a clear signal that Renault is not averse to the idea of a performance version of its standard ZOE.

A pair of Recaro bucket seats and harnesses set the tone for the interior, and give it a competition vehicle vibe. With its minimalist interior, the ZOE e-sport straddles the line between serving as a road auto and racing machine.