Developed from Mégane Renaultsport R26 F1 Team 230, the car retains the same 2.0-litre engine, six-speed gearbox and sophisticated limited slip differential. A dramatic weight reduction of 123kg compared to the R26 makes it the best performance car in its class with a kerb weight of just 1,230kg.
On 23rd June, Mégane R26.R set a new lap record time of 8min 17s around the famous Nurburgring circuit – the fastest ever for a front-wheel drive production car.
Another masterpiece from the Alpine Renault factory in Dieppe, Mégane R26.R continues Renault’s tradition of transferring technology from its motorsport interests to the road.
It is probably the most extreme car ever produced by a volume manufacturer with a carbon-fibre bonnet and polycarbonate tailgate and rear windows help reduce the weight, while Sabelt seats with a carbon shell provide the ultimate racing feel.
Weight reduction is achieved by the removal of rear seats and belts, the radio, passenger and curtain airbags, climate control (air conditioning remains as standard), the rear wash/wipe, front fog lamps, headlamp washers and most of the soundproofing.
In reaction to these changes, the springs, dampers and lower arm bushes have been modified to ensure maximum performance from the new lightweight car.
The drilled discs from the R26 have been replaced by grooved discs that provide even greater resistance to fade.