Renault is showcasing its DeZir electric car concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. This sensational all-electric unit boasts of proper supercar proportions, having a height of over a meter and a width of nearly two meters. DeZir features a very light 830kg Kevlar body that sits on 21-inch wheels. Creating a red glow along its spine is a series of LED lights, representing a heartbeat.
The glow starts from badge at the front, through the back of the driver’s seat and exits via the polished aluminium air intakes in the doors. According to Axel Breun, director of design of concept & showcar at Renault, the thought behind the DeZir was to create an electric car concept that people would fall in love with.
The DeZir features some styling cues from Europe’s rich sports car heritage -- old Maseratis and Ferraris and Alpines as well as Le Mans cars from the 60s. Although the DeZir electric car concept carries a futuristic look, it also takes cues from more practical models.
For instance, the concept’s sculpted exterior got its shape from a sketch by Yann Jarsalle. Its enlarged logo and full-length grille are now part of Renault’s new design identity.
The DeZir features a powertrain that is made of an electric motor that provides up to 148bhp and mid-mounted lithium-ion batteries. Renault claims that the all-electric DeZir could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 5 seconds.