Renault have produced an F1-styled version of their Twizy electric city car.
The Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept “sits on the wheels of a single-seater race car and is equipped with a front splitter, side-pods, rear wing and a diffuser complete with an F1-style rain light which forcefully express the concept’s ties with motor racing’s premier category”.
Renault says the car “delivers genuine high performance thanks to its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which is identical to the solution used by Renault-powered Formula 1 cars.”
“The system instantly boosts power output six-fold to reach almost 100 horsepower and is capable of catapulting the car from standstill to 62 mph as quickly as Renault’s highest-performing road car, Megane Renaultsport 265.”
The regular Twizy has 17bhp but by adding an F1 KERS the driver gets an extra 80bhp for 13 seconds. Renault say it will hit a top speed of 109kph (68mph, compared to the 85kph/53mph of the regular Twizy).
The car will be on display at motorshows and at World Series by Renault races.
The twizy looked silly enough BEFORE they added wings to the thing. I just can’t stop laughing at this. I guess it’s the only car in their range that would actually benefit from a short 80BHP boost that you’ll rarely be able to use on the road
I think its just Renault wanting to show the world they are in F1. Must have been fun thinking this up (just imagine the late night meetings, “lets add a spoiler. Ok, lets add a diffusor, Hey, what if we gave it F1 wheels, … etc.).