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(from Renault Press
Release) Renault has released official pictures of its
awesome Mégane Renaultsport Trophy racer following the car’s recent
debut at the Paris Motor Show. Although motorists will not see the
show-stealing 320hp Mégane Trophy on the road, the car will be
racing throughout Europe – including visiting the UK – next year.
With styling based on the powerful Mégane Renaultsport 225, the
Mégane Trophy race car will compete in its own one-make championship
covering eight European race meetings beginning next Spring.
Approximately 30 Mégane Trophy racers will take part in the series
on tracks in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the
Netherlands and Belgium.
The UK race will be on Sunday 11th September 2005 at Donington Park
The full Mégane Trophy calendar will be unveiled this month
following publication of the F1, MotoGP and WRC schedules.
Renaultsport’s latest offering has taken the already powerful and
impressive Mégane Renaultsport 225 and evolved it into the Trophy
race car with a tubular chassis, mid-mounted V6 powerplant and
semi-automatic gearbox. Its bodywork has been lowered by a full 10
centimetres, with widened wheel arches and added rear diffuser, all
combining to give the 155mph-plus Mégane Trophy awe-inspiring looks
and ensure it is a top level-racing machine.
The 3.5-litre V6 engine fitted to Renault’s Espace and Vel Satis
powers the Mégane Trophy but in this case, the unit develops more
than 320hp and features semi dry sump lubrication.
The Mégane Trophy’s electronic control system is by Magneti-Marelli
and covers all engine, gearbox and automatic clutch management
functions plus the data acquisition that is so essential for drivers
and engineers to unleash every fraction of the car’s performance.
Enhanced driveability comes from specially-designed Michelin tyres,
with stopping power courtesy of ventilated discs with six-pot
callipers’ front and four-pot at the rear.
In dynamic terms, the Mégane Trophy is comparable to some GT racers
thanks to its strong power-to-weight ratio and wind tunnel-developed
The Mégane Trophy will be given an initial shakedown at the end of
this month with first development tests getting underway in
Mégane Trophy: Technical data
Chassis: Tubular (to FFSA ‘Silhouette’ safety standards +
front/side crash boxes)
Engine: V4 Y
Capacity: 3.5 litres
Max. power: 320hp
Max. torque: 309 Nm
Electronic management: Magneti-Marelli
Transmission: Sequential 6-speed (+ reverse), automatic
clutch, steering wheel control
Wheels: FR 8X18, RR 9X18
Front brakes: Ventilated steel discs, dia. 356mm x 32mm,
Rear brakes: Ventilated steel discs, dia. 330mm x 32mm, 4-pot
Tyres: FR 21-65/18; RR 24-65X18
Fuel tank: 45 litres
Max. speed: over 155 mph
Price: Less than 100,000 euros
Overall season cost (est.): 180,000 euros