Thursday, 25 April 2013

Renault Twizy F1

Remember Renaultsport's F1 Espace of the mid-nineties, with its full-house V10 Williams F1 engine and 820bhp? Well, as if further proof were needed of their terrifying derangement, here's the latest oddity to roll out of their workshop: the Twizy F1.
Taking the diminutive, quirky electric city quadricycle as a base, they bolted on some wider wheels with fatter tyres and some functional aero addenda, and wired in the KERS system from a Formula One car. Why? Well, why the hell not?
The standard motors remain in place, offering the usual humdrum 17bhp. But when you activate the KERS, suddenly you've got 97bhp which, given that you're basically sitting on a fat bicycle, is utterly crackers. It's even got a Formula Renault steering wheel with a manettino-alike switch for altering the ferocity of the KERS. What a truly wonderful slice of weirdness.
It'll be running up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later in the year. Let's see how far it gets before the batteries give out and it has to roll back down again...

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