Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Renault Press | posted April 26, 2013 12:48
Renault showcases its expertise in electric technology
Renault showcases its expertise in electric technology with a supercharged Renault Twizy called the Twizy Renault F1 concept car. Sitting on a single seater race car frame, this muscular yet fun concept car is equipped with a front splitter, side pods, rear wing and a diffuser. It even has an F1-style rain light to keep its ties with the popular motorsport discipline.
"We always said we wanted to create F1-derived technology that was road relevant! Hopefully, this Twizy will make a few people smile while also making a serious point. KERS is a very complex system and integrating it into another electric vehicle was a very serious endeavour, but they managed to make it work, delivering a huge boost of power safely and efficiently. I'm not sure we'll be seeing many of these on our roads, but it does show that the same principles we see on the race track can be filtered down to the road legal range – this is just the evil elder brother!" said Jean-Michel Jalinier (President and Managing Director, Renault Sport F1)
The Twizy Renault Sport F1 is much more than just a concept, it is a high performance car with an amazing power to weight ratio of 5.8:1. Much of its performance can be attributed to F1-derived technologies like the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which is now enclosed in a transparent housing replacing the Twizy's rear seats. The KERS can instantly boost the power output of its electric motor to six-fold.
It is also equipped with an F1-type steering wheel in place of the traditional steering wheel. A wide range of parameters can be displayed on it in real time, including the main battery's level of charge, the KERS battery's level of charge, oil pressure, water temperature, etc.
Twizy Renault Sport F1 will be shown at major events throughout the year, beginning with its first public appearances at the World Series by Renault meeting at Aragon, Spain on April 27 and 28, followed by the Barcelona Motor Show.