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.
“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.”