Video: Watch a 17bhp Renault Twizy drift

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When one thinks of a drift car, an electric-powered urban transport vehicle definitely doesn’t fit the bill. In an ideal world, one would want a rear-wheel drive car powered by a front-mounted engine producing as little as 200HP like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ . That being said, the Renault Twizy does have at least one of those aspects with it being rear-wheel drive.

It’s almost hard to believe just how little power the Twizy has when one really thinks about it. Any car below 200 or even 150HP is often viewed as underpowered in today’s modern world of automobiles, but the Twizy only pumps out 17 horsepower from its tiny electric motor which also produces 70Nm of torque which can help propel it to 75 km/h.

However, Autocar set out to find out if the tiny 1+1 vehicle could drift when thrown around a drifting circle covered in water, and what would you know, the car turned out to be quite the drift machine.

However, due to the fact that the Twizy is almost laughably underpowered, it genuinely seems like the Twizy is drifting in slow motion and the presenter goes onto reveal that under these conditions, its battery would only last 10 minutes.

Now we’re sure no one out there is going to purchase a Twizy for its drifting capabilities, but it’s definitely interesting to know that almost any car out there can drift.


6 comments:

It looks very comfortable even on that small size. Do they have any plans on improving its battery packs?

It’s really an entertaining vehicle to drive. It can easily whiz sideways in a very nice and controllable manner.

It drifted, but it lasted for only ten minutes.

They have to replace battery that is good for four hours of driving.

There’re pleasant news and bad news in here. Good news is an electric car can drift using merely its batteries. Bad news is it can only last for ten minutes.

What will I do to a car that can drift using batteries that last for ten minutes? It’s useless right? They must have better plans on empowering the potential of this vehicle.

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