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Today, 05 October 2015

Renaultsport boss rules out hybrid models for the near future
Patrice Ratti, the boss of Renault's performance car division, says a hybrid model does not form part of the firm's future plans at the moment Renaultsport is unlikely to develop a hybrid performance car until the base cars on which RS models are created are developed to accommodate the technology.That’s the view of RS boss Patrice Ratti, who said: “The cost of investment is too great to justify for Renaultsport alone. We sell just a few thousand cars a year. Such a move would have to be part of a wider hybrid strategy within the firm.“That would require a rethink, because there are also issues of packaging. The platform would have to be built to accommodate the additional weight, which in turn presents its own problems. It is not an easy thing to do - especially within price constraints.”Ratti also ruled out the likelihood of Renaultsport developing all-electric performance vehicles in the foreseeable future. “It will happen, but not tomorrow,” he said. “To get the performance we need would require a large battery, and that performance would drain the battery, which would need to be bigger and heavier again as a result,” he said.Ratti has previously said he would be open to using hybrid technology to enhance Renaultsport's road car offering, saying the technology brings benefits in both acceleration and in lowering CO2 emissions.Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: