Megane Trophy launch at Paris Motor Show

Mégane Trophy: the star of the Show! Continuing the sporting tradition of R5 Turbo, Alpine, Spider and Clio V6, all of which have made their marks on European race tracks over the last 25 years, it is now the turn of Mégane Trophy to take to...

Mégane Trophy: the star of the Show!

Continuing the sporting tradition of R5 Turbo, Alpine, Spider and Clio V6, all of which have made their marks on European race tracks over the last 25 years, it is now the turn of Mégane Trophy to take to the grid in 2005 as part of the World Series by Renault. Renault Sport's highest ever performance saloon is to be unveiled at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show.

Once again, Renault's designers have worked their magic and hit the jackpot. By taking Mégane Renault Sport Coupé and refining its sleek lines, they have come up with a racing saloon with a silhouette resembling the awesome German touring cars. It's bodywork lowered by a full 10 centimetres, widened wheel arches and an impressive rear diffuser combine to give Mégane Trophy an incredible look and feeling of power.

Just one look under the bodywork and the feeling is confirmed: developed as part of the `Silhouette' concept, Renault Sport's latest offering pulls out all the stops to deliver a powerful product with the values of a single-seater. Its tubular chassis, rear-central V6 powerplant, semi automatic gearbox and left foot braking make this a very high level racing machine.

Based on the V6 unit fitted to Vel Satis, the powerplant has been developed in collaboration with Nismo, Nissan's motorsport department, and adapted for competition to produce over 320bhp, featuring a semi-dry sump. Trackside, maintenance will be provided by Solution F and technical assistance by Renault Sport Technologies.

For electronic management, Renault Sport enlisted the services of Magnetti- Marelli. The result is a brand new unit that includes all engine, gearbox and automatic clutch management functions. It also provides a data acquisition function, an essential element that will enable drivers and engineers to unleash every horse under the bonnet.

Driveability is also enhanced by the specially-designed Michelin tyres, while stopping power comes courtesy of impressive disks, with six-pot callipers at the front and four at the rear.

In all, its power-to-weight ratio of just 2.9kg/bhp, as well as wind-tunnel developed aerodynamics, make Mégane Trophy comparable with some GT racers. And its top speed performance of over 250kph puts it right up with the famous DTM cars.

Next spring, around 30 Mégane Trophy will be lining up on the grid as one of the star attractions of the World Series by Renault, alongside the New Formula Renault V6. For the 2005 season, eight European race meetings and 16 races are on the agenda, with tightly regulated testing and tyre usage in order to limit the costs to teams, always a core concern for Renault Sport.

After its grand unveiling on the Renault Compétition stand of the Paris Motor Show, Mégane Trophy will be given an initial shakedown at the end of October before the first development tests get underway in November.

The full 2005 World Series by Renault calendar will be unveiled at the start of October, following publication of the F1, MotoGP and WRC schedules. It will feature eight or nine meetings, depending on the discipline: Germany: Oscherleben; Belgium: Spa or Zolder; Spain, France: Le Mans; Great Britain: Donington; Italy: Monza; Monaco; The Netherlands: Zandvoort; Portugal: Estoril.

Each round will include two races, except Monaco (1 New Formula Renault V6 race only).

<pre> Mégane Trophy: Technical data Type Megane Renault Sport Chassis Tubular (to FFSA `Silhouette' safety standards + front/side crash boxes) Engine V4 Y Capacity 3.5 litre Max. power 320bhp Max. torque 390Nm Electronic management Magneti-Marelli Transmission Sequential 6-speed gearbox (+ reverse), automatic clutch, steering wheel controls Wheels FR 8X18, RR 9X18 Front brakes Ventilated steel discs, dia.356mm x 32mm, 6-pot callipers Rear brakes Ventilated steel discs, dia.330mm x 32mm, 4-pot callipers Tyres FR 21-65/18; RR 24-65X18 Wheelbase 2625mm Length 4375mm Width 1910mm Fuel tank 45 litres Max. speed: 250kph Weight 950kg Price Less than 100,000 Overall season cost (est.) 180,000

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Series Formula Renault , Formula V8 3.5