Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti confirmed that his team had created a prototype after the debut of the 466hp Zoe e-sport concept car that borrowed inspiration from the brand’s involvement in Formula E. The company is now exploring the possibility to launch this high-performance version of the electric Zoe in international markets before 2020.
“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.”
The Zoe concept has two electric motors developing 640Nm at 4,300rpm, capable of zooming to 100kph in a claimed 3.2sec. The chassis and steering modifications have been lifted from the Renault Sport Clio and are said to fit the Zoe.
However, 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.