2017 Geneva Motor Show – Renault ZOE e-sport Concept
Renault is keeping busy, right? I can’t help but notice that the last 12 months has been filled with exciting news from the French team, and the ZOE e-sport Concept keeps in line with the trend. Renault’s fresh concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, bragging about 455 hp and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque developed by twin electric motors. Surprise!
Based on the ZOE supermini EV platform, this concept is base on the company’s successes in the FIA Formula E Championship. That might explain the single-seater and color scheme. The ZOE benefits from a carbon fiber body, which means that 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) can be deal with in just 3.2 seconds. It’s all about fun with this one.
Aesthetically, Renault went for a Satin Blue exterior with touches of yellow on the door mirrors and the front & rear bumper. Furthermore, the bumpers, lip spoiler, and headlight/air intake surrounds display a carbon fiber finish. Let’s not forget about the 20″ diamond-cut black and Shadow Chrome Sport alloys.
Everything on the inside is black, with a few touches of Blue. The two Recaro bucket seats, steering wheel and door panels come in Alcantara – the seats pack competition harnesses as well. Make no mistake, the ZOE e-sport’s lightweight structure allows for high performance and incredible driving dynamics.
A tubular steel roll cage with protective Kevlar panels – fully compliant with FIA safety standards – will keep everything safe. Aerodynamics got involved, as well, with a front air dam, flat undercarriage, a Formula E-inspired diffuser and a large carbon fiber tailgate spoiler working hard on deliveirng the proper thrills.
The driver can adjust the powertrain settings and control energy consumption – cool, right? The dashboard panel allows him or her to manage the gearbox, driving mode and even the brake distribution. This is like an awesome PC game come to life – at least until the 40kWh battery runs out of juice. With a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), this Renault will allow for a real-world range of 186 miles (300 km) in the summer and 124 miles (200 km) during the cold season.