Video: Renault In The Style Of A Formula 1 Car Failed To Sell At Auction
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-03 15:38
Last weekend, Trade Classics planned to sell the Renault Twizy microcar, modified in the style of a Formula 1 car, for 19,999 pounds (26.6 thousand dollars), but there was no buyer. The electric car was tuned by Oakley Design, known for its work with supercars.
Renault Twizy F1 is based on the 2012 electric car. The current owner, according to sellers, acquired it in 2016 and has traveled no more than 500 miles (800 km) since then, as it served as a promotional show car - more accurate mileage data is not indicated.
- Oakley Design has implemented its project based on the concept of the same name, which Renault presented in 2013. However, if the prototype of the French company remained one of a kind, the British tuners built five of these Twizy at once.
- The standard wheels of the microcar are replaced by Renault OZ Racing magnesium alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires. Twizy has been outfitted with a Formula 1-style body kit that includes a developed front splitter, imposing side skirts and a massive rear wing. In addition, the microcar was replaced with side mirrors and optics, also stylized as elements of racing cars. The electric car is painted entirely by hand in a combination of black and lemon green (including interior trim), and a finish flag pattern is applied to the roof. The main change in the cabin is the flattened steering wheel.
According to the seller, Oakley Design also modified the Twizy powertrain. In the factory version, it develops about 50 Nm of torque, but the tuners have found a way to double the performance. On a single charge, a "supercar" can travel about 100 kilometers, and it will take three and a half hours to replenish the energy reserve from a regular outlet.
- In the French market, Renault Twizy costs at least 10 thousand euros (11.8 thousand dollars). Thus, they tried to sell a modified electric car, released 8 years ago, for more than twice the price of a new one. The sellers cited not only its uniqueness, but also its impressive appearance as a justification for the price: "Park it next to the Lamborghini and you will see which car will attract more attention."
- Renault used the Twizy powertrain for a factory restomod last July: the elderly compact 4 Plein Air convertible turned into an electric e-Plein Air concept.
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