A high-performance version of the electrically powered Zoe is being explored by Renault Sport

Renault Sport is exploring the possibility of launching a high-performance version of the electrically powered Renault Zoe before 2020.

Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti previously confirmed that his team have built a prototype, and the creation of the 460bhp Zoe e-sport concept car (officially a nod to Renault’s involvement in Formula E) was seen as a further indication of the brand’s intentions.

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“We are thinking about doing a Zoe RS but it is a big study that will take time,” said Ratti. “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.”

Renault Sport Clio chassis and steering modifications are said to fit the Zoe, although Ratti said “a Renault Sport car also needs to handle well and that is the challenge. To have the weight of the batteries and still achieve the agility we pride ourselves on is a tough task.” He added that battery limitations meant the prototype could only be driven for 15 minutes flat out.

“Renault has established leadership in electric vehicles and we plan to maintain and develop that,” added Ratti. “The incredible acceleration of electric cars – that fits perfectly to Renault Sport.”

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10 July 2017
For goodness sake just do it.

10 July 2017
"He added that battery limitations meant the prototype could only be driven for 15 minutes flat out."

Well, they have best part of 2.5 years to sort that out, or it will be like the old Tamiya RC cars we had as kids in the 80's/90's - 4 hours of charging for 15 minutes of fun.

10 July 2017
If I recall correctly the 15 minute track time was with the old 22kWh battery - it is now almost twice the size at 41kWh. Not that I would want to drive it on a track anyway, this would be a perfect car for brisk driving on country lanes.

10 July 2017
Clarkey wrote:

If I recall correctly the 15 minute track time was with the old 22kWh battery - it is now almost twice the size at 41kWh. Not that I would want to drive it on a track anyway, this would be a perfect car for brisk driving on country lanes.

I always drive so I can stop in the distance I can see to be clear. Don't you?

10 July 2017
Lets hope that when Clarkey is having his brisk drive round country lanes, that no cyclists or horse riders are round the corner....

10 July 2017
I see the quote function is working as well as ever....

10 July 2017
Who does not want a fast electric car! Faster charging and longer range would be nice too. Or nicer in my opinion.

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