Renault has applied F1 KERS technology to its electric city car, the Twizy, to come up with a bonkers one-off concept.
The Twizy Renault Sport F1, to give it its full name, has an F1 KERS unit in place of the usual rear seat and is capable of 0-60mph in 6.0s. The Twizy is also fitted with an F1-style steering wheel, front and rear wings, sidepods and slick tyres from a Formula Renault 2.0 car. Slightly less impressive is its top speed of 68mph.
When KERS is activated it offers an extra 80bhp for 14 seconds on top of the 17bhp from the Twizy's standard electric motor. Just like in an F1 car, the driver has a KERS button on the steering wheel and can choose between harvesting and deploying power. The KERS unit adds an extra 30kg in weight but it more than makes up for it with the extra power.
"We always said we wanted to create F1-derived technology that was road relevant!," Jean-Michel Jalinier president of Renault Sport F1 said. "Hopefully, this car will make a few people smile while also making a serious point.
"KERS is a very complex system and integrating it into another electric car 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 cars on our roads, but it does show that the same principles we see on the race track can be filtered down to the road car range - this is just the evil elder brother!"
The Twizy Renault Sport F1 will make its first public appearance at the World Series by Renault meeting at Aragon this weekend and will also be on display at the Barcelona Motor Show.