Renault ZOE becomes

electric supercar

Renault ZOE e-sport concept, 2017, side
Renault ZOE e-sport concept, 2017, front
Renault ZOE e-sport concept, 2017, rear
Renault ZOE e-sport concept with Formula E car
Renault ZOE e-sport concept, 2017, interior
Renault ZOE e-sport concept with Formula E car and ZOE hatch

A STUNNING take on electric cars of the not too distant future has been revealed by Renault at the Geneva Motor Show.

The ZOE e-sport concept builds on the French car maker's expertise in the Formula E Championship - the Grand Prix-style series for single seat electric racing cars which Renault has dominated for the past two years.

The two seat concept car looks sleek and futuristic and uses twin electric motors producing the equivalent of 460bhp.

They propel the high performance ZOE from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and on to 130mph in less than 10 seconds.

Such performance outstrips some of the most potent supercars and the e-sport concept is built from carbon fibre. It weighs in at just 1.4 tonnes including a 450kg battery pack.

The cockpit is decked out with Recaro bucket seats complete with race harnesses and Formula E-style controls with the dashboard bristling in technology.

Unveiling the car on the opening day of the Geneva show, Stephane Janin, Renault's director of concept car design, said: "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."

As in the Formula E cars, the driver can adjust the powertrain settings and control energy consumption. The dash features three zones that permit management of the gearbox, the driving mode where four options available and brake distribution.

The car's engines are mounted one front and the other rear and as in Formula E they feature high-capacity permanent magnet technology to maximise energy efficiency.

To exploit all this power, the ZOE e-sport concept's battery has a capacity of 40kWh - similar to that use in the latest ZOE hatchback which went on sale last year with an extended real world range of almost 200 miles.

The concept car is all wheel drive and fitted with Ohlins four-way adjustable dampers while the power bias can be varied front to rear with instant acceleration.

Unlike combustion engines, electric cars can deliver maximum power instantly and there's no gears to move through.

The Renault e.dams Fornula E team has already notched up the highest number of titles in the all-electric championship taking the glory in the first two seasons of the competition with 10 race wins.

The team is co-run by four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost and this season's drivers are the defending champion and former Grand Prix star Sebastien Buemi and Prost's son Nicolas.

Whether the ZOE e-sport makes it into production is still to be decided - but it proves that electric motoring is not just for the eco-conscious.

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