YouTues: Will the Renault Twizy drift?

Autocar’s Sutcliffe attempts to get Renault’s funky electric quadricycle sideways

By Will Dron on June 26, 2012 11:47 AM

Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe is seriously handy behind the wheel, and is trusted to put the rarest, fastest and most expensive road and track cars – McLaren F1s, Bugatti Veyrons and suchlike – through their paces.

Recently, though, this high-octane petrolhead surprised us by giving the Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric car a beaming review, and now it looks like he’s having fun in pure-electric vehicles too.

Today’s YouTues is the latest video from Sutcliffe’s “Will it Drift?” series. Cars best-suited to drifting tend to be high-powered rear-wheel-drive monsters, but Sutcliffe likes to try and get a huge variety of weird and wonderful cars sideways on the skid pan. Previous candidates have included a London taxi and a Binz Hearse as Sutcliffe is, in his own words, “the sort of person that looks at a shopping trolley and wonders if it will drift around the Tesco car park.”

Step forward, Renault Twizy. With just 17bhp, the Twizy doesn’t have a lot of poke to play with, but Sutcliffe says it has two things going for it: it delivers power to its rear wheels, and its chassis was signed off by RenaultSport. It's also got a torquey electric motor, of course.

So, the question is, will it drift? The answer, unfortunately, is in the video's still image... but watch anyway: