This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.
Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.
The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.
However, this pales when compared to the electric powertrain of the Renault Zoe e-sport concept. In fact, the Renault Zoe e-sport concept is more than five times more powerful than the Renault Zoe ZE – with its twin electric motors developing 360 kW (460 hp) of max output and 640 Nm (472 lb.-ft.) of instant torque. Moreover, the Renault Zoe e-sport concept is even more powerful than the race cars in the Formula E, which are at most 270-hp racers.
This amount of power could send the Renault Zoe e-sport concept sprinting from nil to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. That is nearly a second quicker than the quickest production hot hatch available in the market – the Audi RS3 (4.1 seconds). This also means that the Renault Zoe e-sport concept is a full second quicker on the sprint than the Mercedes-AMG A45 (4.2 seconds).
This awesome performance is also made possible by the fact that the Renault Zoe e-sport concept features a lightweight body structure made from carbon fiber. Including its battery pack that weighs 450 kg, the Renault Zoe e-sport concept is still a lightweight at around 1,400 kg.
Its chassis comes with a tubular steel roll cage with protective Kevlar panels and the concept is littered with an array of aerodynamic aids like front air dam, a Formula E-inspired diffuser and a large carbon fiber tailgate spoiler (with a linear braking light) and flat undercarriage.
To highlight the concept’s link to Formula E, it is wrapped in a color scheme inspired by the 2016/2017 livery Renault e.dams team, the reigning Formula E champion. This scheme features Satin Blue as the dominant color with yellow accents on the door mirror and on the front and rear bumper beading.
The concept’s headlight and air intake surrounds as well as bumpers and lip spoiler feature a carbon fiber finish. The Renault Zoe e-sport concept rides on a race-inspired suspension and 20-inch diamond-cut aluminum alloy Sport wheels. It also features a rectangular steering wheel.