The 2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept is a hot new all-electric hatch that made waves at this years Geneva Auto Show. It is a sportier two-seat version of Europe’s most popular electric vehicle, the Zoe, and is powered by the same technology Renault helped develop for the Formula E racing series. And while the e-Sport wont make it to production is was showcased for the mere purpose of giving us a glimpse of what’s will be possible for a performance electric car in the future.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept is constructed with only lightweight carbon fiber in mind. That is why the new e-Sport weights only 3,086 pounds, even with approximately 1,000 pounds of batteries tucked inside, aiding the already impressive performance. For such a tiny vehicle, the new Zoe concept is sporting one massive set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Other exterior enhancements were included in order to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Features like the front air dam, flat undercarriage, as well as the Formula E-inspired diffuser and carbonfibre spoiler all serve that purpose very well.
On the inside, the e-Sport’s cabin is enhanced by racing inspired features like the Recaro bucket seats, a rectangular steering wheel and Formula E-like controls.
Engine and Performance
The original Renault Zoe is known mostly for its practicality and efficiency, but for this new 2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept, the company has decided to employ a whole lot of fire power. The e-sport concept features two electric motors that are able to deliver up to 460bhp and 472lb ft at 4,300rpm, but more importantly, it can race from zero to 62mph in just 3.2sec, while the 130mph mark can be reached in just under 10 seconds.
The two twin motors are placed in the front and the back, respectively, each of them driving an axle. They function using the Formula E high-capacity permanent magnet technology that maximizes the energy efficiency of the vehicle. As for the battery, Renault is sticking with the familiar 40kWh battery that can be found inside the regular Zoe models.
2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept Release Date and Price
The 2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept will sadly remain just a concept since Renault hasn’t outlined any plans to release a performance variant of the Zoe model just yet. But, we’ll hold out hope that we could still see the e-Sport, or at least some version of it on the streets in the near future.
Zoe e-Sport Concept at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show:
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