The Renault Zoe overcame bad weather to celebrate its international competition debut with an emphatic outright win and victory on all four regularity tests at the Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN. The EV hatchback, first overall in the rally, also took home the regularity prize, energy consumption prize, autotest and Teams’ challenge.
It’s the famous Monte Carlo Rally, but not as we know it. The Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise) is the “greenest” segment of the Monte-Carlo New Energies Rally, and the event is open only to electric vehicles.
The fifth rally was held from March 21-23 in Monaco and featured three special stages ranging from 46 and 88 km in length. The stages were divided into a total of four regularity tests. The roads visited by the event included the scenic and twisty runs from La Turbie to Peille and from Sainte Agnès to La Turbie, high above the Mediterranean coast.
Participants had to contend with a combination of torrential rain and fog on the busiest day (March 22), which featured two special stages divided into three regularity tests. Action concluded with an autotest on the harbour-side in Monaco.
Launched in 2012, the Renault Zoe is a purpose-designed electric car with batteries located beneath the floor. Maximum torque of 220 Nm is instantly available from rest, while its official NEDC range is 208 km (130 miles), with a real-world range of around 144 km (90 miles) in temperate conditions or 96 km (60 miles) in cold weather.
Interesting little car, isn’t it? We hear that the Zoe will drop by for a preview in Q3 2014, so stay tuned!