Wednesday, 12 November 2008

RenaultSport Megane R26.R

When I test drove the snappily-named RenaultSport Megane 230 F1 Team R26 last year I was, frankly, bloody impressed - you can see how excited I was here. Hugely thrilling news, then, that they've made an even more hardcore and track-focused version. Renault claim that the R26.R is to the R26 what the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is to the standard GT3, i.e. lighter, faster, more extreme, more raw, more frightening, more exclusive and a lot more entertaining.

271lbs have been sheared from it, involving the removal of all the sound deadening, the rear seats, fog lamps, headlamp washers, passenger airbag, rear wiper, stereo... the rear windows have been replaced with polycarbonate, the bonnet is carbonfibre and the exhaust is titanium.

Continuing the racer-for-the-road theme, we find a substantial GT3 RS-esque rollcage finished in lurid red and carbonfibre-shelled Sabelt racing buckets with six-point harnesses.

Power and torque figures remain the same as the R26, but the reduced weight and track-biased setup allowed it to set a new world-record for FWD cars at the Nurburgring, lapping in 8m17s.

Want one? Of course you do. But you'd better get in quick - only 230 are coming to the UK.

Oh... and those decals are a delete option. Although it really does look scarier with them.

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