Renault ZOE Electric Vehicle enters ZENN Monte-Carlo Rally

  The Renault ZOE electric variant has the green light to race in the fifth Monte-Carlo ZENN Rally. For the fifth installment of the ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise) rally from 21 – 23 March, Renault is sending three teams to compete against a myriad of other manufacturers’ EVs such as the Toyota Prius, Mitsubishi i-MIEV and more. (click to enlarge)

ZENN is a special Electric Vehicles only rally event, held at the Principality

ZENN Rally is open to EVs only, featuring several regularity events like the famous “La Turbie-Peille”, Europe’s highest coastal village “Sainte-Agnès”, and the finish at the port of Monaco. Competitors are also expected to propel their EVs through a manoeuvrability contest on the final day’s proceedings. Although this year’s event is slightly altered, it remains true to last season’s format. The three starting cities are; Lugano (Switzerland), Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand in France. Competitors had already arrived at the first arrival city, Aix en Provence yesterday. Following the spot checks, the runners start the drive to the Principality and embark on the first zone of regularity at “Esparron – Gréoux-les-Bains”, a 32.14km distance, between Montagne Sainte-Victoire and the lower Verdon.

The real run begins at Digne les Bains with two large “classic” of the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo: Clumanc-Lambruisse (20.20 km) and Puget Théniers – Gilette (38.12 km). Thereafter, the final stage on 22 March is set for the Madonna de Braus, Brouis and Vescavo. The stage’s four zones include; Saint Pancras (Peille) – Saint Agnes (8.01 km), Touët de l’Escarene – Sospel (25.63 km) , Sospel – Breil-sur-Roya (17.45 km) and Olivetta San Michele – Sospel (5.90 km). Another novelty, the maneuverability test, is plotted on the lower part of the port of Monaco. The organizers plan to hold two maneuverability tests for the year at the Principality.

Three teams to compete in the ZENN in the Renault ZOE electric cars

The Renault ZENN squads, also known as the Z.E. ZOE Team, are expected to tackle Monaco’s historic route over the three days. The three teams consist of a ‘Racing’ team, ‘Press’ team and ‘Private individuals’ team. ZOE is one of Renault’s line-up of electric vehicles, which consists of the Twizy, Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E variants.