Renault’s Zoe e-Sport RS Concept, a sexy sports version of its successful all-electric Zoe, has been well received since being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
At first, it was just to showcase some of their racing tech developed for the Formula E and put into a more accessible vehicle, but now Renault is considering making it available.
Patrice Ratti, the head of the French automaker’s sport division, told UK’s Autocar that they are studying the possibility:
“We are thinking about doing a Zoe RS but it is a big study that will take time. The performance of batteries has improved [to the point] that it is now feasible, which certainly wasn’t the case a few years ago. So the studies have begun.”
The Renault Zoe already packs a lot of energy capacity in a small frame. It is equipped with a 40 kWh battery pack and the e-Sport concept has the same, but it is significantly lighter.
The automaker wrote about the car:
“The ZOE e-Sport Concept is the fully electric concept car that embodies Renault’s commitment to the idea that electric cars can be fun and fast. The sporting credentials of the ZOE e-Sport Concept extend beyond the car’s styling and the same striking blue livery as the Renault e.dams team’s front-running Formula E single-seaters. The bodywork of the ZOE e-Sport Concept is made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre, which helps to ensure outstanding acceleration from standstill to 100kph in just 3.2 seconds. The car tips the scales at a mere 1,400 kilograms, including 450 kilograms of batteries.”
Those are impressive performance specs for a compact car, but Ratti says that they are still limitations and that the current prototype, which recently did the hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is only able to be pushed for 15 minutes.
Nonetheless, it would be interesting to see if it could be launched as a variant of the regular Zoe, which is doing just fine in the meantime. We recently released a report on the vehicle and it is still dominating EV sales in several markets, especially its home market in France.