A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.
Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.
When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).
The battery pack itself is capable of 41 kWh and powers two electric motors in order to offer output at 460 hp (343 kW) with peak torque of 472 lb.-ft. (640 Nm). Overall range meanwhile is estimated at 250 miles (400 km), more than enough to around in the city. In addition to the excellent acceleration, top speed, electronically limited, is 130 mph (210 km/h), attainable in 10 seconds.
While performance is truly excellent, the Zoe E-Sport also showcases other features that prove it is indeed a sports car. There are for instance the tracks, that are now wider and brakes made larger. It has been fitted with the double wishbone suspension and even has the four-way adjustable Öhlins dampers.
Its exterior displays a feel of going faster. This theme can also be observed on the interior which can be easily accessed by just tapping a designated region.
The cabin shows a pair of Recaro bucket seats each having racing harnesses. Looking at the controls, it is clear that the Formula E served as the inspiration.
For those who are already excited to own this, the sad news is that the Zoe E-Sport will remain to be a concept as the brand has not revealed anything about a production version. Even then, it continues to open the possibility of having an all-electric hatch in the future that can deliver an exceptional amount of power while making sure the driver does not have any range anxiety. At present, Renault describes this concept car as in the middle of being a race car and a production car.
Established in 1899, Renault is based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. In 2015, the company was considered as the world's tenth largest automaker in terms of production volume. At present, the Renault–Nissan Alliance is automotive group is the fourth largest.