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Twizy Renault Sport F1 - A Study in Design Identity Crisis

Leave it to the French to come up with a “car” like this.

Twizy Renault Sport F1

Part golf cart, part riding mower, part F1 car, this concept called the Twizy Renault Sport F1 shows us what can happen when you think WAY outside the box. This tiny electric car has among its embellishments a front splitter, racing slicks, and a rear wing. We were unfortunately unable to confirm whether or not alcohol was involved in the design process.

When a humble, pedestrian electric car has a run-in with F1 technology, you know you’re bound to get something wild, but nothing could have prepared us for this. Even so, it does raise worthwhile questions about how the technology of everyday cars might learn something from a completely different motoring genre.

If you’re an F1 fanatic, you have no doubt heard of something called a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. They’ve gone and fitted one to this strange Twizy concept, and it provides an instant (though temporary) boost of power so significant that it raises the output of the car’s electric motor from 17 horsepower all the way to 97.

Being an electric car, its top speed still is only 68 mph, however. Well, c’est la vie. But even so, the car’s absurdist approach makes one wonder what such a system could do for more mainstream cars. It looks as if electric cars will eventually come to dominate the roads, and if that’s the case, then someone should probably get serious about squeezing some enjoyment out of them.

Why not the French?

(psst - check out our auto parts for hybrid vehicles)

- AutoandArt Staff