The Mégane 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 Mégane Renaultsport R26.R. Developed by Renault Sport Technologies, the launch of this ultimate version underlines Renault Sport Technologies’ role as a leading manufacturer of high performance cars.
Mégane 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
Renault Sport Technologies have given the Mégane 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 Mégane, 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 Germany
To improve the power to weight ratio, the Mégane 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
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)
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 Mégane 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 Mégane 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 Mégane 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
The Mégane 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.
|First Registration Date||15.06.2009|
|Engine||1.998 ccm, I4, 230 PS|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Color - exterior||Silver / Red|
|Color - interior||Black / Red|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||10.063 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||VF1CM2H9641259072|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Prague|
3-door hatchback body type; FWD (front-wheel drive), manual 6-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1998 cm3, advertised power: 169 kW / 227 hp / 230 PS (ECE), torque: 310 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4228 mm, width: 1777 mm, wheelbase: 2617 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1230 kg; top speed: 237 km/h (147 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 5.9 s, 0-100 km/h 6.2 s (declared by factory)
Hradec Kralove, Czechia