F1 Drivers Race Renault Twizy Through World’s Largest Mall

Though it’s small, has a limited range and a low top speed, the Renault Twizy is technically the best-selling electric car in Europe. That hasn’t been lost on Renault, which has done all it can to hype up the little EV-that-could, most recently handing a pair of Twizys to Lotus F1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado for a race through the world’s largest mall in Dubai.

We’ve already seen that the rear-wheel drive Twizy can indeed drift, and a special version can beat Renault’s fastest production vehicle. On the slick polished floors of the Dubai Mall, the little electric cars have no problem getting sideways or navigating the wide pedestrian lanes. They even make a detour onto the ice rink (because hockey is obviously a popular pastime in the UAE) and through an aquarium, because oil money buys you a lot of nice things apparently.

To me these are the kinds of antics other electric automakers need to hype up; saving money and hugging polar bears is great and all, but people need to know that electric cars can be fun and exciting too. Hell, I kinda want a Twizy now, just for shits and giggles and trips to the mall.

I bet it could fit on the sidewalks around here (not sure pedestrians or the police would be too happy about that though).

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.