FR3.5, Megane Trophy test notes 2005-01-15

Renault Sport's completed its fourth test of the new FR 3.5 and Megane Trophy cars at the Misano circuit in Italy on Friday January 14. Thick fog covered the circuit in places at the start and the end of the day, which disrupted the session a ...

Renault Sport's completed its fourth test of the new FR 3.5 and Megane Trophy cars at the Misano circuit in Italy on Friday January 14.

Thick fog covered the circuit in places at the start and the end of the day, which disrupted the session a little. But despite very limited visibility the drivers were able to carry out the scheduled programme, which began on Tuesday.

The FR 3.5 development team evaluated various Michelin tyres and perfected suspension and shock settings on the bumpy and slippery track. The test was also a chance to check the paddle-shift electronics and to perfect the oil circulation. More than 1000km were completed in total, without any mechanical problems.

The objectives were similar for the Mégane Trophy: aero balance, brakes and suspension were checked after about 800km of running.

Jonathan Cochet (FR 3.5) and Stéphane Ortelli (Mégane Trophy) shared the driving duties with former Japanese Formula 3 champion and Le Mans front- runner Benoit Treluyer, who drove both cars. The engineers were thus able to compare the feedback of drivers with different styles and establish a wider range of setup options.

After the four day test, development chief Jérôme Mortal declared himself satisfied and confident in the performance of the two cars. "The FR 3.5 is quicker in the corners and better under braking than the Dallara Nissan. And the Mégane's times are already as quick as some N GT cars. It augers well for what's to come."

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Stéphane Ortelli , Benoit Tréluyer