Renault arrived to Paris with all-electric Grand Tourer concept car, showcasing the future of design and amazing technologies.
Renault has a lot of experience when it comes to electric cars and race cars – afterall, they are a vital part of Formula E, which is something Renault's engineers took advantage of when building Trezor's powertrain. The motor derives from the Renault e.dams, two-time winner of the Formula E Teams' world title, and has a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, enabling Trezor to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in less than four seconds. It is powered by two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet. The Trezor also comes with a brake-operated energy recovery system and is courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.
To achieve optimal results (through optimal weight distribution) the two batteries are located separately, one at the front and the other at the rear. Its rear-wheel-drive system enables greater traction, while optimal positioning on the road is also achieved by the car's dimensions – with 4,700mm in length and 2,180mm in width, the car only meassures 1,080mm in height. Drag co-efficient (Cd) comes to just 0.22 and its centre of gravity is also particularly low (ground clearance: 25cm). The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear, also helping achieve maximum driving results.
Emphasizing the car's sporty character are the outer lines of Trezor, which are a step forward in design development, deriving from the first concept car, the 2010 DeZir concept. The overall style of the car is warm and sensual, with red as the predominant colour in the interior. The driver can have some fun using a rectangular steering wheel (also redolent of the world of Formula 1) and a dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system, bringing together OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and Corning Gorilla® Glass. Of course, the technology can be highly personalised and sweetened up with various infotainment and connectivity interfaces.
Thanks to Renault's Multi-Sense system, Trezor drivers can choose among three driving modes: neutral, sport and autonomous, when the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the lateral and rear logos, to indicate to other road users that driving has been delegated, while the driver can relax and optimise how to use the free time.
After 2020, Renault plans to implement safe 'hands-off / eyes-off' technology at an affordable price.