Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Tiny Twizy EV Beats Renault’s Best
The best-selling electric car in all of Europe isn’t a Nissan, or a Ford, or even a Volkswagen. Nope, it is the Renault Twizy, an EV-lite, if you will, that has proven popular with urbanites across the world despite its low speed and horsepower. So the French figured hey, why not give it a Formula 1 hybrid drivetrain and race it against our top-of-the-line sports car, and see who wins?
The RenaultSport lineup is anchored by the Megane RS 265, a 265 horsepower hatchback with a 2.0 liter turbo engine, which can hit a top speed of 157 mph and reach 0 to 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds. There isn’t a mass market EV, save maybe the Tesla Model S, that can even hope to keep up with the Megane.
But the Twizy RS F1 isn’t just any EV. While the stock Twizy has just 37 horsepower (more than enough to drift, as it turns out) the Formula 1 hybrid system more than doubles the Twizy’s horsepower.
The flywheel-hybrid drivetrain of a Formula 1 car, and that helps it absolutely smoke the Megane in an all-out drag race. It’s just not even close. Ya, tell me again how slow EVs are. You just got beat by a car named the Twizy.