What do electric cars and Formula 1 racing have in common? Not much, unless you are talking about the ridiculous Renault Twizy F1 Concept, a collaboration between RenaultSports’s production car and Formula 1 teams. This concept uses Formula 1 technology in a road-going package that could hint at future production vehicles.
The Renault Twizy F1 Concept uses, without much change, the same Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) found in Renaults Formula 1 race cars. Renault claims this drivetrain can accelerate the Twizy from 0-60 seconds in 6-seconds or less, matching Renault’s fastest sports car, the RenaultSport Megane. The KERS system, complete with battery, controller, and electric motor sits where the second seat would usually go.
This works in tamden with the Twizy’s 17 horsepower engine, providing a boost of up to 79 horsepower. While the system adds 200 pounds to the Twizy’s curb weight, at just over 1,200 pounds it is still one of the lightest vehicles you can buy in Europe right now…and as fast as many hot hatchbacks. Not bad for a single seater EV, eh? I am especially digging the oversized spoilers on both the front and rear of the concept.
As Europe’s best-selling EV, the Renault Twizy has enjoyed unexpected success thanks to its low price and affection for urban areas. But will Renault dare to actullay make a sporty Twizy in the same vein as this concept? Probably not; those KERS systems are quite expensive. We can hold out hope for perhaps a 50 horsepower version with a bigger motor though, no?