Renault, champion in Formula E in 2016, and who also heads this year’s electric F1 championship, has toured Paris with its formula and the new Zoe e-Sport. Which the brand guarantees to be faster.
The eDams team, which represents Renault’s interest in Formula E, has led the way in this championship for electric cars, especially through the driver Sebastien Buemi, who, after being crowned champion in 2016, returns to lead the championship this year. To celebrate the domination and because the competition visited last weekend the City of Light, the French manufacturer decided to carry out a parade of its electric drive vehicles through the streets of the French capital, where Formula eDams, piloted by Buemi and Nicolas Prost, joined Zoe e-Sport, a prototype that Renault claims to be faster than the formula driven by electricity.
If the parade turned into an acceleration test, the Gallic record ensures that Zoe could surpass 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, making it faster than the eDams competition car. The Zoe e-Sport is a sports prototype built on the basis of Zoe, which uses a lot of carbon fiber, can weigh only 1400 kg, and 450 kg are attributable to batteries. The model shows a wide bodywork, to optimize the behavior and to house the two electric motors (each with 231 hp, identical to the one that builds Formula E) that produce a total of 462 hp and a force of 640 Nm, exactly the Double of Buemi’s car. Unlike this, the Zoe e-Sport is limited to 130 mph (210 km/h), in order to better manage the capacity of the batteries and increase the autonomy.
On the way, Renault managers revealed that the next generation of Zoe will share the platform with the next generation of the Nissan Leaf, to reduce costs for both models of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.