Electric Renault Zoe Could Get Renault Sport Version

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

2016 Renault ZOE

2016 Renault ZOE

2016 Renault ZOE

2016 Renault ZOE

According to Autocar, Renault Sport is considering development of a high-performance Renault ZOE electric car under the Renault Sport division.

Renault Sport has been experimenting with a ZOE for some time now and says that it’s been able to extract “encouraging” performance form the prototype it built.

However, there’s a downside, according to Renault Sport. That added performance leads to reduced range for now, so work must still be done on the car to keep range at an acceptable level.

Renault Sport says that it began developing the hi-po version of ZOE last year when the newer, more efficient motor became available in the base ZOE.

Autocar adds:

“No decision about a showroom Zoe RS has yet been taken because initial tests have shown the extra performance comes at the expense of a dramatic fall in driving range.”

Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti spoke of the tweaks the performance division made to ZOE:

“The performance and the way it is delivered are very promisingn and so is the handling, because all of the Renault Sport Clio chassis and steering parts we have developed will fit straight into a Zoe.”

“The acceleration was good, especially from standstill. But we were amazed how much circuit driving affects a car’s battery endurance. If we drove our prototype flat out on a circuit, the battery would only last 13 or 14 minutes — not be enough to satisfy our customers.”

Project ZOE RS is still in the active stage and a rumored battery upgrade for the base ZOE might boost range enough to make a Renault Sport version feasible.

Source: Autocar

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9 responses to "Electric Renault Zoe Could Get Renault Sport Version"

  1. SparkEV says:

    How much “sports” is sport version? At such glacial pace of current Zoe, even a little bit would seem “sporty”. Such missed opportunity for SparkEV to be competing against Zoe.

    1. JustWilliamPDX says:

      The best investment I have made for my Spark EV was stickier tires. I took about a 10% hit in range, but acceleration, braking, handling and wet traction have drastically improved. I’ll put the nearly new stock tires back on when the lease is up. I really recommend the change to enthusiast Spark EV owners who can live with the reduced range, as it greatly improves both safety and fun!

  2. Anon says:

    Can’t you toggle off the sport mode, when you don’t want or need it? Seems maybe they’re underestimating the power of smart motor control software to help solve this problem? Does anyone else but Telsa have features like Torque Sleep in their EVs?

  3. K-lein says:

    Renault sport cars are track cars. Not sporty saloons.

    You get a huge hint about the difference in the interview where the Renault rep clearly measures the range in time rather than in distance.

  4. Alonso Perez says:

    Yeah, I’ve long hoped for a sporty Zoe, not a Sport (track car) Zoe.

    A sporty Zoe would simply take the 0-60 down from the glacial 13 seconds to a decent 8 seconds or so, would have better bucket seats, slightly firmer suspension, upgraded interior, and nicer color choices. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

    1. Absidu says:

      +1.
      Renault is selling ZOE in nice volumes now and definetely should add at least second motor option, not a “sport version”.

  5. chris says:

    That Renault sport rep’s comment is at complete odds with Renault Nissan alliance views. Has Pattrice forgotten they built the formula E cars drivetrain which has no difficulty lasting more than 14 mins on a circuit.

    1. mr. M says:

      And why do you think implementing a 100.000 € Motor + battery in a otherwise 15.000€ car is a good idea?

  6. Kimmo57 says:

    “Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti”
    Ha ha, in Finnish his name means steering wheel. Very suitable 🙂