Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept Car

Renault was early to the EV scene with its excellent Zoe, just like it was early to hot hatchbacks decades before. The Zoe e-Sport sticks the two together using glue from its Formula E motorsport programme. The result is a zero-emission hot hatch that makes you feel like, er, you know, that Formula E driver, wotshisname? The Zoe e-Sport is purely a concept for now (if a much more realistic one than the EZ-ULTIMO), but the standard Renault Zoe and Twizy urban runaround are both great little cars available to lease in the UK today. Check ’em out, then If you wanna chat just drop us a note or call us on 020 8012 8190. And we’ll get you a great lease deal hooked up faster than a lap of the Nurburgring.


Could outrun Usain Bolt
The regular Zoe doesn’t chase performance, but it’s the entire point of the e-Sport. Punchy twin electric motors give 460bhp and all-wheel drive – which would make this both Renault’s most powerful ever hot hatch and its first to get all-wheel-drive. If it ever makes production. Unleash the lot from a standstill and the e-Sport can scorch to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds and crack 130mph in less than ten. That’s pretty quick. The battery’s a pretty titchy 40kWh to help keep weight down, so this is definitely a car built more for sprints than distance. Suits us.


Sit down, harness up
The inside of this punchy little Renault is as serious as the exterior, with more motorsport cues bubbling to the surface. Recaro bucket seats with harnesses take pride of place, while the steering wheel and seats are wrapped in Alcantara – a suedey material that holds quick drivers in place like Weetabix sticks to a bowl. The rectangular steering wheel borrows from Formula E too, as does a digital dash that lets you tweak the e-Sport’s performance and energy consumption.


A wolf in wolf’s clothing
The e-Sport is no ordinary Zoe under the skin – in fact, the tubular steel chassis has been nicked from Renault’s motorsport cars, while the new meaner and wider body – finished in Satin Blue with yellow detailing, like the Formula E team – is made of exotic carbonfibre and Kevlar for strength with lightness. It’s why the e-Sport weighs just 1400kg, despite the battery alone weighing 450kg. The suspension gets a thorough motorsport-spec workover too, and includes Ohlins suspension – the holy grail of making bumps vanish.

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