Renault reveals 340kW electric hot hatch

Renault Zoe e Sport muscles up with 460bhp EV hyper-hatch

Not only does the e-Sport's two electric motors produce nearly twice as much power as a FE racer, it also weighs just 3,086 pounds, thanks to Renault's use of carbon fiber bodywork.

Unveiling the vehicle on the opening day of the Geneva show, Stephane Janin, Renault's director of concept auto design, said: "The brief for the Renault ZOE e-sport concept couldn't have been simpler: "Have fun".

Plenty of aerodynamic trickery is woven into the all-carbon body.

The bodywork of the ZOE e-Sport Concept is made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre, which helps to ensure an acceleration from standstill to 100kph in 3.2 seconds. Gaping tracts in the rear doors, a large rear spoiler and 20-inch centrally-locking diamond cut aluminium wheels complete the racecar inspired look.

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Naturally, there's more power at the driver's disposal compared to the Formula E car's 268 hp, with the total system output being rated at 462 hp and 640 Nm of torque.

The new Renault Zoe was launched past year at the Paris Motor show. Most significantly though, the Zoe E-sport has a completely flat floor and rear diffuser.

In the cabin, two large Recaro bucket seats with race harnesses are found, alongside a rectangular steering wheel and a square dashboard display used to adjust powertrain settings. However, where the Z.E. 16 only gets one electric motor at the back, the special Zoe comes with two (front and rear) to give it all-wheel drive. The e-sport concept's 1,400kg mass means it's no lightweight, but nearly a third of that comes from the car's batteries. It will also accelerate to a top speed of 209 km/h but how is this possible? However, to compensate for the extra weight the hot Zoe's chassis is made from a tubular steel structure and the pumped-up body is made from carbonfibre and Kevlar.

According to Stéphane Janin, Renault's Concept Car Director, the brief for the ZOE e-sport was to have fun, explaining: "we came up with something midway between a production model and a racing car". It also sits considerably lower than the stock Zoe and uses the same Öhlins adjustable dampers as Renault's extreme hot hatch, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.

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