After launching New Renault ZOE, with its 400 km travel range (NEDC), at the 2016 Paris Show Motor, Renault is following through with further spectacular proof of its primacy in electric vehicle development, in the form of ZOE e-Sport, its new electric concept car, starring at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Just imagine New Renault ZOE metamorphosing into a sportscar!
Unmistakable link with big sister, the Renault e.dams Formula-E racer
Renault’s new electric concept car, ZOE e-Sport, draws overt inspiration from its big sister, starting with the famous satin blue livery of the Renault e.dams racer, with yellow splashes on the wing mirrors and bumper trims.
The motorsport connection —speed, response, road-hugging— shows through in the car’s structure too: carbon fibre body, light weight (1,400 kg including batteries), flat floor and air diffuser. It’s all there! And the tubular steel roll cage means ZOE e-Sport really can take to the racetrack!
The brief for the Renault ZOE e- Sport Concept couldn’t have been simpler: ‘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 sensations!”
Stéphane Janin – concept car design director
Energy efficiency from Renault motorsport design experts
ZOE e-Sport’s power plant was developed by engineers from Renault Sport Racing, the people behind our winning performance in the FIA Formula E championship. So it’s directly derived from racetrack-capable technologies.
Two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, deliver total power of 340 kW, or 460 bhp. As in Formula E, high-capacity permanent magnet technology maximizes energy efficiency. And there are two batteries (with a total storage capacity of 40 kWh), to make the most of this power.
The ZOE e-Sport Concept also benefits from Renault’s Formula E experience in power-to-wheel optimization and delivery of full potential at all times.
Chassis system designed with Renault Sport Cars expertise
Design and adjustment work on ZOE e-Sport Concept reaped the full benefit of expert input from Renault Sport Cars specialists in production sportscars.
Exceptional performance figures for ZOE e-Sport Concept
- ZOE e-Sport leaps to 100 km/h from standstill in 3.2 seconds, about as sharply as any electric vehicle today
- Unbeatable weight/power ratio
- Torque of 640 Nm available almost immediately, with the electric motor delivering full power from startup
This all adds up to virtually instant response (a matter of a fraction of a second) to the driver’s every slightest action.