Now here's an EV I wouldn't mind owning. Loosely based on the already popular mainstream Renault Zoe, the E-Sport concept has a huge 456bhp and 472lb ft of torque, and a sprint time of 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. It has a 250 mile range as per the standard production Zoe. For the E-sport to make such a significant amount of power it has to carry around a 450kg battery, 160kg more than the standard car. However, to compensate for the extra weight the hot Zoeís chassis is made from a tubular steel structure and the pumped-up body is made from carbonfibre and Kevlar. The result is that the E-sport weighs 1400kg, 68kg less than the road-going Zoe.
Top speed is limited to 130mph, just fast enough for the E-sport to make the most of its array of aerodynamic aids. An airdam and splitter help keep the front on the ground while a large carbonfibre spoiler assists at the rear. Most significantly though, the Zoe E-sport has a completely flat floor and rear diffuser.
With the standard Zoeís chassis replaced with a tubular space frame structure, it's no surprise to hear that its MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear axle have both been replaced by double-wishbone suspension all round. To add to the suspensionís greater control, the Zoe E-sport is outfitted with a set four-way adjustable ÷hlins dampers similar to those found on the Renault Sport Megane 275 Trophy-R. Huge centre-lock 20-inch wheels shod in 245/35 R20 tyres cover some suitably large brakes.
A pair of Recaro bucket seats and harnesses set the tone for the interior, and give it a competition car vibe. A digital dash, a rectangular steering wheel, lots of Alcantara and a few aluminium switches further cement the E-sportís race car look.
Itís not all race car-style function, though; Renault has eschewed door handles for the E-sport. Instead you open the door by tapping a touch sensitive area of the door. The front and rear Renault badges are also backlit, just like the Trezor concept that made its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show. Source: Renault Zoe E-sport hyper hatch is revealed at Geneva sporting 456bhp | Evo