Hottest Renault Megane ever the R26.R

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Renault has released the hottest Megane to date, the R26.R, which features a stripped and caged interior (ala Porsche GT3 RS) with sport seats and the promise of high thrills for a resonable price.

Only 450 of these cars will be built with the allocation for each country shown on a plate inside the car.

This Megane is one serious road car with full racing harness and polycarbonate rear and side windows added for lightness. This is one tough French car that we will unfortunately have to miss out on as there are no plans to bring it to New Zealand officially. Prices in the UK start at NZ$62,000 before options.

View the press release below

The Megane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26 was launched in November 2006 and has enjoyed a great success. Using this base, Renaultsport launch an extreme version, the Megane Renaultsport R26.R. Developed by Renault Sport Technologies, the Megane R26.R joins the family that also comprises the Clio Renaultsport 197, Megane Renaultsport 225, Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 and, from September, the Twingo Renaultsport 133. Since the launch in April 2004, the family of Megane Renaultsport has sold more than 20,000 units in almost 30 countries.

The launch of this ultimate version underlines Renault Sport Technologies’ role as a leading manufacturer of high performance cars.

Megane R26.R has been developed to:

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

* be an enthusiast’s icon

Radical looks

Renault Sport Technologies have given the Megane R26.R visual differences that mark out the car at first glance. The carbon fibre bonnet and new 18″ alloy wheels in red are the main visual clues together with a new rear spoiler, plus R26.R decals and logos and tinted polycarbonate in place of glass in the tailgate and rear side windows. The car is available in seven colours, two of which are new to the Megane, Racing Blue and Renault i.d. Lunar Grey and one is brand new, Renault i.d. Pearlescent White.

Inside the R26.R the atmosphere is as radical as the outside. Competition seats with a carbon fibre shell are supplied by Sabelt who also supply the six-point harnesses, the first time that this form of restraint has been homologated in a production car.  Conventional lap and diagonal seat belts can be fitted as an accessory. No rear seat is fitted. The steering wheel and gearlever gaiter are in leather and suede. A plaque shows the production number for each country:

* 230 for the UK

* 126 for France

* 26 for Spain

* 26 for Spain

* 26 for Germany

Lightweight DNA

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

* Rear seats and seat belts

* Passenger airbag and curtain airbags (the driver’s airbag remains)

* Climate control (air conditioning remains as standard)

* Rear wash/wipe and heated rear window

* Front fog lamps

* Headlamp washers

* Radio/CD player

* Most of the soundproofing

Other new elements are:

* carbon fibre bonnet (saves 7.5kg)

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

* Sabelt seats with carbon fibre shell and aluminium base (saves 25kg)

* Six-point harnesses

* Rear spoiler

* Optional roll cage

* Optional titanium exhaust

A chassis without compromise

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

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

* new rear springs (16.2mm/100kg from 15.1mm/100kg)

* the shock absorber settings are also re-calibrated

* the brake discs are grooved, not drilled

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

* Toyo Proxes R888 225/40R18 tyres are available as an option in place of the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 2 235/40R18

* Stiffer lower arm bushes

To guarantee the best possible traction, the R26.R retains the limited slip differential from the Megane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26. This is a mechanical differential with helical teeth and retains the same transfer rate of 33%. The combination of this limited slip differential and independent steering-axis front suspension minimises torque steer and enables power to be applied earlier during cornering.

A performance car needs brakes that are both powerful and fade-resistant. The Megane R26.R has large 312mm ventilated discs at the front with Brembo four-piston callipers that provide stopping power at the highest level.  To resist fade, the discs are grooved as opposed to drilled.

The R26.R takes its engine and gearbox from the Megane Renaultsport 230 F1 Team R26. This develops a peak power of 230hp and torque of 310Nm. A characteristic of this engine is the wide power band, with 90% of the torque available from 2000 to 6000rpm.

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

The R26.R accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6 seconds and passes the 1000 metre mark in 25.9 seconds. The combined fuel consumption is 33.2 mpg and emissions are 199g/km.

Nürburgring lap record

On 23 June, the Megane R26.R established a new lap record for a front wheel drive production car of the Nürburgring circuit with a time of just 8 minutes 17 seconds.  To commemorate this exceptional level of performance, the circuit outline and lap time is etched into the rear side windows.

The Megane R26.R goes on sale in October limited to just 450 examples in total.

Price and optional equipment

The Megane R26.R is £22,990 on the road.  The pricing for the optional equipment is:

* Roll cage and Toyo Proxes tyres           £700

* Titanium exhaust                                 £tbc

* Deletion of decals                                No charge

* Black alloy wheels                               £120

* Climate control                                    £460

* Metallic paint                                      £375

* Renault i.d. Glacier White                    £150

* Renault i.d. Pearlescent Paint              £1200

Technical Specification

Version

R26.R

Type number

CM2H96

Engine

Type

F4R*774

Emissions

IF Euro4

Type

4 cylinders in line

Valves

16

Material

Iron / Aluminium

CC

1998

Compression ratio

9:1

Maximum power (hp)

230 @ 5500 rpm

Maximum torque

310Mn @ 3000 rpm

Injection type

Multipoint

Fuel

Unleaded 95 or 98 RON

Transmission

Type

ND0*020

Gears

6 speed

Limited slip differential

Yes

Drive ratio

14/57

Gear ratios

@ 1000 rpm

1st

13/41    5.7mph

2nd

18/35    9.2mph

3rd

28/39   12.8mph

4th

36/38    16.9mph

5th

42/34    22.1mph

6th

49/33    26.5mph

Suspension – front

Type

MacPherson strut type with L shaped lower arm and independent steering axis

Anti-roll bar diameter mm

21

Flexibility (mm/100kg)

14.0

Natural frequency (Hz) VODM+2

1.56

Roll centre height (mm)

125

Unsprung weight (kg)

108

Suspension – rear

Type

Torsion beam

Flexibility (mm/100kg)

16.2

Natural frequency (Hz) VODM+2

1.98

Roll centre height (mm)

166

Unsprung weight (kg)

88

Brakes

Type de freinage

Double x-circuit split

Front discs (diameter and width in mm)

312 / 28 – ventilated and grooved

Calliper – front

Brembo 4 pistons

Rear discs (diameter and width in mm)

300 / 11 – grooved

Calliper – rear

1 piston

ABS

Bosch 8.0

ESP

Yes / 100% disconnectable

Steering

Assistance

Electric

Number of turns lock to lock

2.74

turning circle between kerbs/walls m

10,35 / 11,25

Wheels

Tyres

Michelin Pilot Sport 2 – 235/40 R18 95Y
Toyo Proxes R888 – 225/40 R18 92Y (option)

Alloy wheels

Interlagos 8J18 ET 66

Spare wheel

No

Dimensions

Length / width / height mm

4228 / 1777  / 1437

Wheelbase mm

2625

Track front / rear mm

1517 / 1521

Weight kg

kerb weight

1230

Distribution front / rear (%)

66/34

Gross train weight

2500

Fuel capacity litres

60

Performance

Aerodynamics (Cd/Cda)

0,35 / 0,75

Top speed

237

Acceleration

0 to 62mph

6.0

standing 400m

13.9

standing 1000m

25.9

MPG

urban mpg

24.4

extra-urban mpg

42.2

combined mpg

33.2

emissions CO2 (g/km)

199

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