Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept Bridges Unlikely Worlds


  • Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept Picture

    Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept Picture

    The Renault Twizy Sport F1 concept broke cover on Thursday. | April 25, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Renault Twizy Sport F1 concept shoehorns motorsports technology into a tiny package.
  • Renault has fitted the one-off Twizy with the same Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) as its current crop of Formula 1 cars.
  • The French automaker said it worked hard to incorporate Formula 1 cues into the pint-sized car, with the goal of avoiding a "steroid-fed Twizy."

VALLADOLID, Spain — Renault Twizy Sport F1 concept shoehorns motorsports technology into a tiny package.

Renault has fitted the one-off Twizy with the same Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) as its current crop of Formula 1 cars. The KERS system is designed to recover some of the kinetic energy that is generated under braking. The energy is recovered and stored before being used to momentarily boost power output. The system boosts power output to almost 100 horsepower, according to the automaker.

The French automaker said it worked hard to incorporate Formula 1 cues into the pint-sized car, with the goal of avoiding a "steroid-fed Twizy." The concept features huge slick tires derived from racecars, a carbon-fiber body kit with a rear wing, carbon splitter and side pods — along with an F1 steering wheel.

The rear seat has been removed and the KERS system is visible through a glass screen in the roof.

The French automaker said in a statement that the Twizy Sport F1 concept began "almost as a joke." Renault's KERS project leader Laurent Debailleul got the idea during the European F1 Grand Prix at Valence, Spain last June. There are no production plans for the car.

"Hopefully, this Twizy will make a few people smile while also making a serious point," said Renault. "KERS is a very complex system and integrating it into another electric vehicle was a very serious endeavor."

Edmunds says: The point of the exercise is that the same technology seen on the racetrack can eventually filter down to production cars.

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