Renault Shows Off Zoe e-Sport Concept Blending Electric With Racing

Renault is showing a Zoe concept in Geneva geared toward fans of electric racing cars.

The Zoe e-Sport Concept displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show ties together the automaker’s commitment to electric vehicles with its experience winning races in the FIA Formula E.

It’s built on a Zoe platform and is designed with same blue paint scheme and sporty styling used on Renault e.dams team’s Formula E single-seaters. That racer has landed the team two titles at the FIA Formula series.

Another component it has in common with the Renault e.dams’ single-seater is having its body built with lightweight carbon fiber. That helps deliver excellent acceleration at 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62.13 mph) in 3.2 seconds. It weighs 1,400 kilograms (about 3,086 lbs.) with the battery packs making up 450 kilograms (992 lbs.) of that total.

“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,” said Stéphane Janin – director, concept cars design at Renault.

The electric motor has been inspired by technologies developed by engineers who’ve worked for Renault Sport Racing and Renault e.dams. The e-Sport is run by two motors that deliver a total of 340 kW of power, which reaches almost 460 in brake horsepower.

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It uses two batteries (one per engine) for energy storage with a total capacity of 40 kWh.

One motor sits in the front of the car and the other is mounted at the rear. Like the Formula E racer, it uses high-capacity magnet technology designed to maximize energy efficiency.

The new Renault Zoe was launched last year at the Paris Motor show. The new Z.E. 40 battery is able to deliver the Zoe 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) using Europe’s NEDC standard. The automaker says that its real-world range comes in at about 300 kilometers (186.4 miles).


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