2009 Renault Megane Renaultsport R26.R Price, Specs & More | RSportsCars.com

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2009 Renault Megane R26.R

Renault Megane R26.R: Nurburgring FWD Record

The Renault Megane Renaultsport is the very definition of hot hatch. takes the rather pedestrian strips out the rear seat in of a roll cage, adds a 2.0 Liter 4 banger kicking out 230 and gives the small hatchback the Renaultsport treatment.

The result is what you might think: a strange-looking Renault Megane a roll cage. With the hatch spoiler and plenty of bling, the R26.R should to a peculiar breed of auto Others might call the the very antithesis of what a car should look like.

for Renault, the Megane Renaultsport is not depending solely on its exterior for cred and sales. The hotted-up is reportedly a dream to drive, broke the all-important Nurburgring lap record for front wheel production cars, with a of 8 minutes, 17 seconds.

For the record, that puts the R26.R running the ‘Ring than the BMW E46 M3, the Lotus Exige S, and the NSX. A serious accomplishment for a economy car with a base of £22,990. Plus £700 for the cage.


[Courtesy Press Release

* New limited M#233;gane Renaultsport R26.R its worldwide debut at the British Motor Show today, 22 2008

* Developed from the Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26, the retains the same engine, and limited slip differential but a significant weight reduction of

* Achieves new lap record of the Nürburgring of 8m the fastest for a front-wheel-drive production car

* from the world of racing a carbon bonnet, polycarbonate Sabelt race seats and harnesses

* Optional roll and titanium exhaust

* Priced at

* Limited to 450 examples worldwide, 230 of will come to the UK. On sale October

The M#233;gane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26 was in November 2006 and has enjoyed a success. Using this Renaultsport launch an extreme the M#233;gane Renaultsport R26.R. by Renault Sport Technologies, the R26.R joins the family also comprises the Clio 197, M#233;gane Renaultsport M#233;gane Renaultsport dCi 175 and, September, the Twingo Renaultsport

Since the launch in April the family of M#233;gane Renaultsport has more than 20,000 in almost 30 countries.

The launch of ultimate version underlines Sport Technologies’ role as a manufacturer of high performance

M#233;gane R26.R has been to:

* offer customers who enjoy a car with an unrivalled performance per ratio

* be an enthusiast’s icon


Renault Sport have given the M#233;gane visual differences that out the car at first glance. The carbon bonnet and new 18 alloy wheels in red are the visual clues together a new rear spoiler, plus decals and logos and tinted in place of glass in the tailgate and side windows. The car is available in colours, two of which are new to the M#233;gane, Blue and Renault i.d.

Lunar Grey and one is brand Renault i.d. Pearlescent

Inside the R26.R the atmosphere is as as the outside. Competition seats a carbon fibre shell are by Sabelt who also supply the harnesses, the first time this form of restraint has homologated in a production car. lap and diagonal seat belts can be as an accessory.

No rear seat is The steering wheel and gearlever are in leather and suede. A plaque the production number for each

* 230 for the UK

* 126 for France

* 26 for Spain

Lightweight DNA

To the power to weight ratio, the R26.R has been on a strict losing 123kg compared to the R26. This has been by the removal of:

Other new elements are:

* fibre bonnet (saves

* tailgate and rear side in polycarbonate (saves 5.7kg)

* seats with carbon shell and aluminium base 25kg)

* Six-point harnesses

* spoiler

* Optional roll

* Optional titanium exhaust

A without compromise

The suspension and have been optimised to the most of the new, lighter and to provide maximum performance. The independent suspension is maintained but the following new parts:

* new front (14mm/100kg compared to 13.4mm/100kg)

* new springs (16.2mm/100kg from

* the shock absorber settings are re-calibrated

* the brake discs are not drilled

* new alloy wheels are with a different offset the track by 4mm

* Toyo Proxes R888 tyres are available as an option in of the standard Michelin Pilot 2 235/40R18

* Stiffer lower arm

To guarantee the best possible the R26.R retains the limited differential from the M#233;gane 230 F1 Team R26. This is a differential with helical and retains the same transfer of 33%. The combination of this slip differential and independent front suspension minimises steer and enables power to be earlier during cornering.

A car needs brakes that are powerful and fade-resistant. The M#233;gane has large 312mm ventilated at the front with Brembo callipers that provide power at the highest level. To fade, the discs are grooved as to drilled.

The R26.R takes its and gearbox from the M#233;gane 230 F1 Team R26. This a peak power of 230hp and of 310Nm. A characteristic of this is the wide power band, 90% of the torque available from to 6000rpm.

However, to reduce the gear time, a short-shift gear is fitted.

The R26.R accelerates zero to 62mph in 6 seconds and the 1000 metre mark in seconds. The combined fuel is 33.2 mpg and emissions are 199g/km.

lap record

On 23 June, the M#233;gane established a new lap record for a front drive production car of the Nürburgring with a time of just 8 17 seconds. To commemorate this level of performance, the circuit and lap time is etched into the side windows.

The M#233;gane is unveiled today, 22 July, in at the British International Motor and goes on sale in October to just 450 examples in total.

Megane Renaultsport R26.R specs and more. The Renault Renaultsport R26.R ran the fastest FWD car Nurburgring ever. This Renault Megane is the ultimate hot

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