Renaultsport boss rules out hybrid versions for the near future
Source : Renaultsport boss rules out hybrid versions for the near future
Patrice Ratti, the boss of Renault’s performance car division, says a hybrid product does not form part of the firm’s future plans at the moment
Renaultsport can be unlikely to develop a hybrid performance car until the base cars on which RS versions are created are developed to accommodate the technology.
which’s the view of RS boss Patrice Ratti, who said: “The cost of investment can be too great to justify for Renaultsport alone. We sell just a few thousand cars a year. Such a move might have to be part of a wider hybrid strategy within the firm.
“which might require a rethink, because there are also issues of packaging. The platform might have to be built to accommodate the additional weight, which in turn presents its own problems. which can be not an easy thing to do – especially within cost constraints.”
Ratti also ruled out the likelihood of Renaultsport developing all-electric performance vehicles from the foreseeable future. “which will happen, however not tomorrow,” he said.
“To get the performance we need might require a large battery, as well as which performance might drain the battery, which might need to be bigger as well as heavier again as a result,” he said.
Ratti has previously said he might be open to using hybrid technology to enhance Renaultsport’s road car offering, saying the technology brings benefits in both acceleration as well as in lowering CO2 emissions.
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