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Renault revealed a sporty two-seat version of the electric car Zoe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The company has dubbed the car as the - Zoe e-Sport.
Now, speaking about the car a bit, the Zoe e-Sport also share some development cues from the Formula E technology. Yes, you heard me right.
Mechanically, the concept car is powered by two electric motors. These motors generate around 450bhp of power and 650Nm of peak torque. With so much power the car is expected to do a 0 to 100kph in just 3.2 seconds!
Both the motors powering the car are almost same. one is mated to the front axle and the other to the rear. The motors use high-capacity permanent magnet technology to produce energy efficiency
The car is fitted with the same 40kWh battery, which is found in the standard Zoe. But the technology used in the car is so advanced, which makes it so peppy.
Renault Europe CEO, Jean-Christophe Kugler, stated the concept as "a link car - a styling exercise intended to connect the Zoe road car with what Renault is doing in Formula E racing, and to send a message that EVs are fun to drive. It's not a signal of the future for Zoe, and we have no intention to develop a performance version."
The Zoe e-Sport also uses the same air and water cooling systems as Renault's Formula E racing car to ensure that the battery and control systems work at an ideal temperature.
The car also uses a tubular steel chassis which is based on the ones used by Renault Sports cars that compete in hill climbs and ice races. On the other hand, the car gets four driving modes also.
On the outside, the car has been shaped to provide better aerodynamics. It also gets a new front air dam, flat undercarriage, Formula E-inspired diffuser and a large carbon-fibre spoiler.
Since carbon fiber plays a major role in the bodywork, the car weighs just 1,400kg including the battery. It also comes with double-wishbone suspension, 20-inch wheels, and bigger brakes.
Step inside the car and you will be welcomed with two Recaro bucket seats, a rectangular steering wheel and Formula E-style controls.
Jean-Christophe Kugler stated, "We are benefitting a lot from the technology developed in Formula E, and creating technology that will one day be used on the road. But for now we must continue to focus on bring the EV into the mainstream."
He further added, "We are EV pioneers and are beginning to benefit from our bravery. The Zoe ZE 40 is helping us to convince customers that we are solving the biggest challenges to the adoption of an electric car with its more usable autonomy."
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