2017 Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept

Author: Stijn
14-03-2017
The Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show showcases Renault’s commitment to the ongoing development of electric vehicles. Uniquely, the Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept is built on a ZOE platform and converted into a racing car, drawing on Groupe Renault’s three years of winning experience in the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) Formula E Championship, an all-electric single-seater series. Formula E is beloved for its format charting courses in the centre of major cities around the world and providing an accessible way for the general public to see high-performance electric racing.

Electric vehicles are perfectly in tune with a vision for zero emissions1. Renault, the first carmaker in Europe to believe in electric motoring, launched a full range of EVs in 2012 and continues to stand out as the market leader today. The brand continues to explore every facet of electric motoring thanks to a programme spearheaded by the ZOE.


Visually, the ZOE e-Sport Concept stands out through its expressive design: a ZOE with extreme sporting prowess. The ZOE e-Sport Concept Formula E affiliation is immediately apparent thanks to a colour scheme inspired by the reigning champion Renault e.dams team’s 2016/2017 livery.
The ZOE e-Sport Concept dominant colour is Satin Blue. It features flashes of yellow on the door mirror housings, as well as for the front and rear bumper beading. There is a carbon fiber finish for the bumpers, lip spoiler and headlight/air intake surrounds.

Traditional Renault styling cues, plus elegant flourishes from higher-end high-performance models: The headlights carry over the C-shape design that has become a hallmark of the latest Renault models. The prominent vertically-mounted Renault front and rear diamond logos stand out through their size and backlighting, similar to Renault TreZor, the concept car unveiled at last October’s Paris Motor Show. The ZOE e-Sport Concept doors are opened by a simple tap on the ‘open’ zone which incorporates tactile sensors. The ZOE e-Sport Concept is fitted with diamond-cut aluminium alloy Sport wheels. Contrasting angles form a core element of their design, highlighted by a two-tone finish in black and Shadow Chrome. These rims come with a central locking nut. The ZOE e-Sport Concept has extra-tinted windows.

The ZOE e-Sport Concept structure: both fast and sticks to the road. The ZOE e-Sport Concept weighs just 1,400 kg, including the battery, thanks to the design of its chassis and the materials selected . Like the Renault e.dams Formula E single-seater, the ZOE e-Sport Concept s bodywork is made from carbon fiber. The ZOE e-Sport Concept SPORT CONCEPT is extremely efficient aerodynamically, thanks to a spoiler positioned below the front bumper, a flat bottom, a Formula E-inspired diffuser and a large, carbon fiber tailgate spoiler with a linear braking light. The chassis features a tubular steel roll cage with protective Kevlar panels. It complies with FIA safety standards and means the ZOE e-Sport Concept can be used at race tracks.

The ZOE e-Sport Concept inside: a driving position that is ideal for track driving. The ZOE e-Sport Concept has two RECARO bucket seats equipped with competition harnesses. The rectangular steering wheel gives drivers a broader field of vision, like that enjoyed by Renault’s Formula E drivers. As in Formula E, the driver can adjust the powertrain settings and control energy consumption. The dash panel features three zones that permit management of the gearbox, driving mode (four options available) and brake distribution. Buttons on the control panel are dedicated to the control of the five lighting functions. The colours and materials chosen for the cabin express the car’s sport pedigree. Black is the dominant colour, with a few splashes of blue and – notably for the controls – aluminium. The seats, steering wheel and door panels are trimmed with overstitched Alcantara.

The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s motor is inspired by technologies developed by engineers at Renault Sport Racing and Renault e.dams. The ZOE e-Sport Concept has two motors which deliver a total of 340kW, almost 460bhp. By comparison, rules laid down by motorsport’s governing body the FIA, limit Formula E single-seaters to 270bhp. The two motors are identical, with one at the front of the car, the other at the rear. And, just like Formula E, they feature high-capacity permanent magnet technology to maximise energy efficiency. To exploit all this power, the ZOE e-Sport Concept has two batteries (one per engine) for a total capacity of 40kWh.

The ZOE e-Sport Concept also benefits from Renault’s Formula E experience in terms of optimised power delivery to the wheels. The ZOE e-Sport Concept incorporates Renault-developed power electronics that govern battery energy accurately and dynamically as a function of the driver’s needs of the moment. Energy management is completely configurable and adjustable after each drive or during race weekends. The electronic settings offer four driving modes that adapt the car to the driver’s wishes of the moment, depending on whether they want performance or a longer range. They can also be tailored to suit different types of circuit and driving styles, adjusting the power delivery between the two motors to place greater emphasis on front- or rear-wheel drive. Finally, experience acquired through motorsport allows the ZOE e-Sport Concept to deliver its full potential whenever it is being driven. As in Formula E, an air-and-water cooling system with a front-mounted radiator is used to make sure that the battery and control systems operate at the ideal temperature.

The design and set-up of the ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s chassis benefit greatly from the expert input of Renault Sport Cars’ specialists and their work on Groupe Renault’s most extreme performance cars. Built by TORK Engineering, the tubular steel chassis derives from that of Renault Sport cars that compete in hill climbs and ice races. The ZOE e-Sport Concept features lowered ride height, wider tracks and four-wheel drive to guarantee maximum cornering stability. Fitted front and rear, the double-wishbone suspension was developed for racing and maintains efficient axle geometry in all situations. The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s large, 20-inch wheels are able to transfer all the car’s significant power to the road. Fitted with R20-245/35 tyres, they are an unusual sight on a racing circuit. The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s big brake discs ensure competition-style stopping power. The ÖHLINS four-way adjustable dampers are another by-product of motorsport and can be adjusted to suit different circuit types or driving styles, like those selected for the Renault Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R. Thanks to its fully-adjustable, high-performance suspension and running gear package, the ZOE e-Sport Concept is a potent machine on the race track, too. The driver can alter the chassis using the full range of settings traditionally available for racing cars. The ZOE e-Sport Concept racing pedigree also extends to slick tyres for maximum grip on dry roads.

As a result of its chassis structure, significant power and the way this power is transmitted to the wheels, the ZOE e-Sport Concept performs at an extremely high level. The ZOE e-Sport Concept accelerates as fast as any electric car on the market, reaching 100kph from rest in 3.2 seconds. The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s maximum speed is capped at 210kph and takes fewer than 10 seconds to achieve it. Its power-to-weight ratio (460bhp for 1,460kg, including the driver) is unbeatable. The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s very high torque output (640Nm, 320Nm per motor) is available almost instantly. Electric motors deliver all their performance the moment they are activated. It takes only a few tenths of a second for them to reach 4,300rpm. Designed for extreme performance, the ZOE e-Sport Concept is equally impressive in terms of the sensations it delivers. The ZOE e-Sport Concept reacts in a fraction of a second, thanks to its immediate pick-up and acceleration. Maximum concentration: the ZOE e-Sport Concept does not have the jolts or loud noises that characterise a sports car with an internal combustion engine, and which give drivers their usual reference points. The ZOE e-Sport Concept ’s acceleration and response are linear. Like those generated by a Formula E car, sound levels are limited to the noise made by the transmission changes and tyre scrub.

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