Renault reveals new Megane R26.R

Renault reveals new Megane R26.R

The latest addition to the Renault Sport performance family is the Megane R26.R, which was displayed today for the first time at the London Motor Show. The new car is based on the existing Megane F1 Team R26 and uses the same engine, gearbox and limited slip differential, but has been lightened by 123kg and features a specific suspension calibration.

The R26.R edition is easily recognizable by its unpainted carbon-fiber bonnet, unique 18in forged alloy wheels and Sabelt bucket seats complete with racing harnesses. Other features include a new spoiler and graphics, tinted lights, and seven unique exterior color schemes, plus an optional roll cage and titanium exhaust system.

Inside, the sports theme is continued with leather and suede for the steering wheel and gearlever bellows. To save weight engineers removed the rear seats, airbags (except for the driver airbag), climate control system, windscreen wipers, foglamps, and most of the soundproofing.

No changes have been made to the engine from the previous Team F1 R26, which means output remains at 230hp (169kW) and 310Nm of torque. This is enough to see the car go from 0-100km/h in 6 seconds.

The unique model is manufactured at the Alpine Renault factory in Dieppe, France, and only 450 examples are planned for production. First sales will start in October. Later this year Renault will also introduce the new Twingo Renault Sport.