Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Renault Eolab Concept, company’s latest concept car that will debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. According to the press release, Eolab is an environmental prototype that features almost 100 technological innovations and what’s more interesting is that it has a fuel consumption of just 1 l/100 km or 282 mpg, while CO2 emissions are 22 g/km.
Renault says that Eolab’s recipe is simple: the car is designed to slice through air efficient, comes equipped with movable devices such as an active spoiler and lateral vanes, features multi-material body shell that combines steel, aluminum and composites for a weight drop of 400 kg and comes with a hybrid powertrain.
Under the hood, there is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder SCe petrol engine that generates 75 hp bolted to a clutchless 3-gear transmission as well as a 400V, 6.7 kWh battery that offers a 66 km range. The vehicle has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.235 which makes it 30 percent more efficient than the Clio and features active ride height, active wheels that react to brake temperature to maximize Cd, an active front spoiler and active rear flaps.
As we said, the vehicle is 400 kg lighter than the current Clio and according to Renault, the weight drop was obtained thanks to the asymmetric 3-door layout, revised brakes that are 14.5 kg lighter, narrow Michelin ultra-low consumption tyres, ultra-thin windscreen (3 mm) that saves 2.6 kg, thinner interior trim, lighter plastics, optimized seat structure, lighter running gear using steel and aluminum, a magnesium roof that weighs 4.5 kg, a fixed bonnet that gains 2.5 kg, LED front lights, lithium-ion battery and compact centre-exit exhaust system.
When it comes to design, the Renault Eolab expresses the concept of aerodynamics, while the interior gets a dashboard of flowing lines linked in perfect harmony with the door panels.