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Renault's latest concept car is the electric Twizy Renault Sport F1, a road car with a top speed of 68 mph. According to Renault, "its unique proportions give it the appearance of a beast that is about to pounce yet which is still fun to drive." The car's proportions also give it the appearance of a vehicle Wario might drive in the next Mario Kart. (That said, this car is way less weird-looking than Renault's previous concept, which looked like a firefly on acid.)
The single-seater Twizy Sport drives on the same tires as Renault's Formula 2.0 race car and features LED headlights and two electric motors. On the Formula One-styled steering wheel, there's a screen that displays real-time vehicle data, such as the battery's level of charge and the oil pressure.
The concept car also features a regenerative braking mechanism called the Kinetic Energy Recovery System, in which the energy from braking, rather than being lost as heat, is used to momentarily boost power output.
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I would never consider purchasing this thing.
Tesla had the right idea all along... people want a car that looks and performs like a sports car... not like a toy.
Birth control for men.
if you make a car.. then make it look LIKE a car.. it doesnt have to be a sports car... but not this weird fat bubble.
You cant let the hipster-designers design cars... they are the ones who are to blame for the Bieber plague also.
Can I attach a mower deck underneath it?
I buy this car over a motorcycle; a still need some additional safety features, like tire rims, regular all weather tires and not slicks, wipers for the windshield, turn signals and I don't know, doors would be fun helpful too.
Was the above proto type made to be street legal in the first place, if not then my above comments are not needed.
So what is the cost of this electric auto race car abomination?
What button do I press on the F1 steering wheel to drop my bananas?
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I did found one article on the internet, which gave a price for this car of being $10k.
"...The Renault Twizy is an electric city car that retails for less than $10k and has a power output starting as low as 4 kilowatts (5 horsepower) and topping out at about 13 kilowatts (17 horsepower)..." ~ source link removed.
Yea, for $10k, I buy it over a motorcycle! I imagine the cost will go up to make it street legal.
Without real functional numbers, like about the ground effects; we have no idea if they are function or fad. At 17hp, it might just make it harder to turn at speed, and therefore using more power in steering--and with those tires it definitely is going to want power steering. They say this is a road car, but it wouldn't be legal here with the basically bladed ground effects intakes sticking out where a bumper has to go. So as a concept, it says that Renault is exploring the potentials with EV's in an aggressive way, but I can't give any other opinions because we have so little to look at regarding how this thing works as a unit in real conditions.
I wish they would stop wasting time and money on these gimmicks. If you are going to build an electric car, start by matching the speed, range and features one would expect of a gasoline automobile. If you can't match those basic specifications, then what is the point? Tesla definitely has the right idea about what an electric automobile should be.
Perhaps -- just perhaps -- they don't want to sell it here just yet. Not when Ford is hiring workers to build F150's.