Renault Megane Renault Sport R26.R: 230 horses born for TRACKDAYS
Renault He seems ready to regain the throne Nürburgring for the production car fastest front-wheel drive, a throne that was recently taken by the SEAT Leon Cupra and it appears to have forced the French firm to prepare a new Renault Mégane RS evolution, whose details are still unknown.
This new evolution Renault Megane RS He has done nothing but fan the flame of which we can consider the most radical evolution of how many had the Renault Mégane, a variant that left us with a registered car circuit, where a car weight reduction was an absolute priority, a car that he lacked the rollcage.
Of course we are talking about the Renault Megane Renault Sport R26.R.
A version of the Renault Megane RS second-generation He surprised everyone in 2008 what were the final steps of this generation Renault Megane, as the current Renault Mégane was presented at the Paris Motor Show that same year, in fact when he reached the R26.R and record the new generation Renault Megane be had, so that customers of this alternative knew that the latter had more performance and compact French variant.
Today, when we present the challenge from Renault Sport they have dubbed as "# Under8" in a clear reference to less than 8 minutes in the green hell time, R26.R pay tribute to him like one of those crazy blessed with which occasionally delight us auto firms.
Harnesses, roll cage, polycarbonate windows ...
Mégane evolved from Renault Sport F1 Team R26 230
Running golden times for Renault Sport. It was 2006 and Fernando Alonso reaped his second title of World Champion F1 which it was reflected in the range of the French company with a special edition Renault Megane RS that had the possibility of wearing checkered flag and a distinctive yellow hue.
Developing power 230 hp of the hand of a 4-cylinder engine and two liters supercharged, but he was also the alternative and even a 225 horsepower diesel variant 175 hp. The RS family was formed in this stage, beyond Mégane and its different versions, for Renault Clio RS 197 horses and the Twingo RS 133 horses.
The first alternative Mégane RS, the horse 225, marked a 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 240 km / h.
Aesthetically the key that was responsible for defining the RS came from the hand a rear bumper with dual exhaust well integrated in the central part.
But we still might hold a more radical alternative Renault Mégane RS, the Renault Megane Renault Sport R26.R.
Renault Megane Renault Sport R26.R
- Motor gasoline, four cylinders 2 liter Turbo
- Power 230 hp
- maximum torque 310 Nm
- 0-100kmh 6s
- Maximum speed 237 km / h
- Weight 1,230 kg
Rating: 3 stars / sPositive points
- - Exclusivity, there were only 26 in Spain
- - radical Approach
- - the rear seat is lost, but who wants to can take a roll cage?
Since Renault R26.R defined by two key phrases mentioning that had been developed for "Being an icon for enthusiasts" Y "Offer customers unrivaled trackday car as a performance-weight refers".
Limited came 450 units, of which 26 come to Spain, It is its main UK market with 230 units, followed by France, which also had 126 units. In addition to Spain, Switzerland and Germany also received a production of 26 units.
Weight reduction became a key element for this model lost relative to Mégane RS F1 Team R26 a total of 123 kg, being the removing the rear bench its main asset for this ... but not alone.
In addition to removing the rear seats and safety belts passenger airbag and curtain took off, the air conditioner air conditioner was replaced, heated rear window and rear wiper, radio, front fog lamps and part of it is removed insulating.
It also added the carbon fiber hood and side and rear windows to be passed polycarbonate, completing the list of new items Optional roll cage, optional titanium exhaust, a new rear spoiler, Sabelt seats with carbon fiber cover and harnesses 6 points.
In total, the empty weight was 1,230 kg.
Aesthetically surprised with a color scheme that left his intentions clear, reminding some of the "garments" of the Porsche 911 GT3. A graphite hue, one blue, white, black and yellow characteristic, broken in all cases red accents and carbon fiber hood unpainted.
Emphasized, according to the body color, the 18-inch wheels red.
Mechanical and chassis: 230 horses to be enjoyed in trackday Trackday
Underhood carbon fiber R26.R (allowing him to save 7.5kg respect to the origin), we find the same block 4-cylinder and 2-liter turbocharged which she flaunted the F1 Team version, delivering power 230 hp to the front wheels and a pair of 310 Nm, having a manual transmission 6 speed where the routes are shortened relative to the "normal" version. Furthermore it was resorted to autoblocante front differential signed by GKN.
Prestacionalmente its 0 to 100 km / h down to 6 seconds, having a maximum speed of 237 km / h.
The chassis benefited from a new tuning with new front and rear springs and dampers about recalibrated they were accompanied by some discs Slotted brake, Brembo calipers and alloy wheels 18 inches above, taking care to stick to the road to this version a Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires as standard equipment, to be available also a Toyo Proxes R888.
8 minutes and 17 seconds, setting the record for a front wheel drive Nürburgring
On June 23, 2008, a month before being presented, Renault marked a new record for a front wheel drive production at the Nurburgring, stopping the clock in 8 minutes and 17 seconds.
In 2011 Renault Megane RS the new generation, with 265 horses, marked a time 8 minutes and 7 seconds who was recently beaten by the new SEAT León Cupra 285 horses, which recorded a time of 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
How far will the new, and last before the next-generation Renault Mégane RS evolution?
Since then the R26.R has a good mirror where to look.