Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept Quicker To 62 MPH Than Formula E

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 17

Renault Zoe E-Sport Versus Formula E

Renault Z.E. put out a Tweet recently that sparked our attention.

According to Renault, the hot electric hatch concept it revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show is actually quicker from 0 to 62 mph than the current Formula E electric race cars.

We’re referring to the Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept of course, a vehicle that scoots from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds.  Holy cats, we want one of these!

Renault ZOE E-Sport

We hunted down a zero to 62 mph time for a Formula E car and found that it reportedly does 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, but the elusive 0 to 62 mph figure escapes.

Regardless of the fractional differences, it’s clear that the two cars are neck-and-neck. So, at least for now, we’ll take Renault’s word and give the slight edge to the Zoe E-Sport Concept, simply because it’s the most awesome electric hatch we’ve ever seen.

Here’s some background on Zoe E-Sport from our debut write-up on the concept electric hot hatch:

After giving the pint-sized Zoe electric city car a 41-kWh battery for a 250-mile (400-km) range, Renault is showing the EV’s sporty side at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Featuring a racy carbon fiber wide body, the E-Sport Concept proposes the idea of an all-electric small sports car with all-wheel-drive and massive 20-inch alloy wheels.

In a bid to shave off even more weight, the engineers have removed the Zoe’s rear seats and combined carbon fiber with Kevlar during the concept’s construction. The end result is an EV that tips the scales at 1,400 kilograms (3,086 pounds), including the 450-kg (992-lbs) battery pack. Thanks to a pair of electric motors, the little electric car delivers almost 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 640 Newton-meters (472 pound-feet).

As you can imagine, stuffing so much electric muscle in a relatively light car transforms the E-Sport Concept into an absolute rocket. It needs a mere 3.2 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) and hits the electronically top speed of 130 mph (210 kph) in less than 10 seconds.

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17 responses to "Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept Quicker To 62 MPH Than Formula E"

  1. Tech01x says:

    41 kWh / 450 kg = 91 Wh/kg which seems very low. The original 85 kWh Tesla Model S pack was 81 kWh / 544 kg = 149 Wh/kg. And the Tesla packs have the additional materials for liquid cooling. The newer 100 kWh packs are even more dense.

    The real question is capacity degradation on the air-cooled pack.

    1. John says:

      I hate Tesla fanboys..

    2. bogdan says:

      Tesla doesn’t necesarily has to be the best technology out there. There is always room for improvement, especially with new technology like battery electric vehicles.
      Get ready to see huge improvements in the years to come.

  2. FFEINKY says:

    If they are ever going to sell the Zoe in this US, this should definitely be the version they sell. Good range and awesome performance, and it should be priced to compete with hot hatch ICE cars. I think it could convert a lot of the tuner crowd.

  3. WARREN says:

    Wish I could bring one of these to one of our electric car shows.
    I need one of these, like now.

  4. VazzedUp says:

    Build it!

  5. jmk says:

    Interesting enough, Zoe 41s real life range is almost identical with Hyundai Ioniq. Both equal to about 4x 1st gen Chevy Volt or 2x Nissan Leaf (24).

  6. kubel says:

    I would buy one.

  7. John Norris says:

    0-60 in 3.0 seconds = 0-62 in 3.1 seconds, ie faster than the Zoe.

    1. Val says:

      Actually, 3.2

    2. bogdan says:

      At higher speeds, u have less torque available and much more friction to overcome, so the acceleration is lower.

  8. James says:

    Chevy missed an opportunity by not making an SS version of the Bolt. It could’ve been a sweet hot hatch.

    1. CLIVE says:

      GM has missed many opportunities.

      The next 5 years will be crucial for all.

  9. Shane says:

    Sounds like a production version might compare favorably to Subaru Impreza WRX. Fun ride!

  10. JIMJFOX says:

    ‘Formidable’, mes ami!

  11. CanH says:

    Why are the Formula E cars so slow??

    1. DJ says:

      Q: How often do Formula E cars go from 0 to 60?

      A: Not very, same with F1 cars. Their gearing isn’t built for it nor does it need to be seeing as they’re usually going a lot faster!