Getting into a right old Twizy…

Question: What looks like a golf buggy with a sports trim and goes from 0 to 62 mph in six seconds flat? Answer: The Twizy Renault Sport F1 concept car.
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Described as “improbable and spectacular” by Renault, this tiny, and certainly improbable, concept car has been wowing the crowds since being unveiled in Spain earlier this year. “But what is a Twizy?” I hear you ask. Well, while you may not have seen one due to their only being sold overseas, the Renault Twizy is a dinky little electric ‘city car’ with seating for two, a 17-bhp electric motor and a top speed of 53 mph – in its standard form. The Twizy Renault Sport F1, however, is fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which is identical to the solution used by Renault-powered Formula 1 race cars. And that gives it more than a bit of a boost. The KERS motor, which takes the place of the back seat, brings 80 additional horsepower and offers phenomenal 14-second power surges that catapult the miniscule car forward at an incredible pace – 0 to 62 in six seconds on the way to a top speed of 68mph. In fact, the extra oomph means that the power-to-weight ratio of this zippy midget is almost exactly the same as that of the Megane RS 265, Renault’s most powerful road car – which also takes six seconds to hit the 62mph mark. And while that top speed of 68mph might not sound very fast, it is important to remember just how tiny and light the Twizy is – not to mention the fact that it has no doors. In other words, it might not sound fast, but it will certainly feel it. twizy F1 (2) The engine is not the only aspect Renault has played around with to create the Twizy Renault Sport F1, though. A standard Twizy has a diamond-shaped passenger cell, semi-open-wheel body style, and lots of black-plastic trim. The Twizy F1 has basically the same shape as the regular Twizy but it’s also jam-packed with F1 additions such as carbon-fibre side pods, LED exterior lighting, side mirrors from a single-seat racecar and even an F1-inspired steering wheel. As Tarik Ait Said, project coordinator at Twizy Renault Sport F1, noted: "As far as styling was concerned, we wanted to avoid falling into the trap of simply producing a steroid-fed Twizy. We therefore worked closely with Renault Design to find a way of incorporating Formula 1 cues on a vehicle of this size.” [text-blocks id=cta-banner]

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