Renault reveals 340kW electric hot hatch

What do you get if you cross a city-sized hatchback with Renault Sport and Formula E racing?

Renault Zoe esport

The answer is the Zoe e-sport concept unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

The French brand has offered the all-electric Zoe city car in Europe since 2012 but in order to showcase the potential of electric motors it has now given the little car a major makeover. It has drawn on the experience of in-house hot hatch experts, Renault Sport, as well as the knowledge gained racing in the Formula E series to create the e-sport concept.

In the Zoe, the usual 66kW electric motor is replaced by a pair that produces a combined total of 340kW in power and 640Nm of torque. To keep the motors and battery cooled Renault used the same air and water cooling system it has developed for its Formula E team.

The body makes extensive use of carbon fibre to keep weight down to 1400kg, 450kg of which is the battery. It is finished in a satin blue paint with yellow highlights to match the Renault Formula E entries.

The e-sport concept rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and has been lowered and widened compare to the regular Zoe. The suspension is racing inspired and features Ohlins adjustable dampers.

Inside, the cabin features a rectangular wheel, also inspired by the Formula E car, and a pair of Recaro racing style seats.

"At Renault, we believe that electric cars are capable of addressing the needs of all types of customers, with the emphasis on driving enjoyment... The Renault Zoe e-sport concept is a stunning expression of this," said Eric Feunteun, Renault's director of electric vehicle programs.

Unfortunately it is just a concept for now but if electric cars continue to gain in acceptance hot hatch fans can relax and know they can be catered for in the future.

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