Renault has gone mad (but in a good way) with its latest concept, a KERS-equipped Twizy Sport F1 which obviously has no chances of entering production.

Renault has gone mad (but in a good way) with its latest concept, a KERS-equipped Twizy Sport F1 which obviously has no chances of entering production.

In an unexpected move, Renault has turned the docile Twizy into a semi-serious sports vehicle. Renaultsport and Renaultsport F1 engineers teamed up to implement Formula 1 technology on a road car. The concept benefits from a KERS system which has added 30 kg (66 lbs) of weight (battery included) and was installed where the rear seat would normally be in the regular model. In other words, the concept is now a single-seater working with the original 17 bhp (12.6 kW) electric motor.

The energy lost during braking is grabbed by KERS and stored in the battery. When charged, it provides the concept with an extra 79 bhp (59 kW). We should mention KERS boost is available all the time as the system has been modified in such a way so that it draws power from the electric motor as well.

It comes with a Formula Renault 3.5-inspired steering wheel with a "boost" button which if pressed will enable the small EV pseudo-racer to reach 68 mph (109.44 km/h) at a max 10,000 rpm. The vehicle tips the scales at 564 kg (1,243 lbs), making it 91 kg (200 lbs) heavier than the regular Twizy. However, power-to-weight ratio has been improved as the F1 variant offers 1 bhp / 5.8 kg while the regular model has 1 bhp / 25 kg.

Aside from KERS, the Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept has received an over-the-top body kit with side pods, rear diffuser and big front/rear wings. The company applied a yellow & black livery as a throwback to Renault's former F1 liveries.

Needless to say, this will remain strictly as a one-off.

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