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Twizy Renault Sport F1 concept is a completely bonkers EV

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Based on the  strange little Renault Twizy EV commuter golf buggy, the Twizy Renaultsport F1 concept gets a mad body kit to make it look like something out of a Star Wars film, with huge wings, side pods, a rear diffuser and a yellow paint job that evokes Renault’s sporting heritage. But it’s under the skin where the interesting stuff lurks.

Renault has fitted the Twizy with an F1 inspired KERS system that fits where the back seat used to be (yes, the F1 Twizy is a toy just for one) which chucks an extra 79bhp at the Twizy’s existing electric motor when fully charged, enough to scoot the F1 Twizy to 62mph in just 6 seconds.

To get round the obvious drawback that braking and deceleeration in the F1 Twizy will never be enough to charge the KERS, Renault has tapped it in to the existing electric motor so there’s always a KERS charge to plkay with, which is activated when needed by a boost button on the steering wheel that draws its inspiration from a Formula Renault 3.5.

Adding the KERS system to the Twizy has upped weight by 91kg, but thanks to the power it can generate the power to weight ratio is much improved – it’s now five times better than a regular Twizy.

There’s no chance Renault will put the Twizy Renaultsport F1 concept, but it does show there is a future for bonkers EVs as fun performance cars.

By Cars UK