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Renault - 2015 Megane RS 275 Trophy-R
Renault - 2015 Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

Renault - 2015 Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R Mégane RS 275 Trophy features the best of Renaultsport technology, with the Renaultsport 2.0T engine upgraded to 275 hp and the Cup chassis. This ... More »
Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

Mégane RS 275 Trophy features the best of Renaultsport technology, with the Renaultsport 2.0T engine upgraded to 275 hp and the Cup chassis. This limited series is now available in a more radical version: Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, designed for track driving enthusiasts. Almost 100 kg lighter, Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R is pinned to the road by a chassis fitted with Öhlins Road&Track adjustable dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The overall coherence is reflected in the exceptional level of performance achieved, as illustrated by a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R covered the 13 miles in just 7'54"36, the fastest time ever for a front-wheel drive production car.

Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Technologies, said, "At Renault, and Renaultsport in particular, we see new challenges as a driving force for our cars. After the first record broken by Mégane Renaultsport R26.R in 2008, we wanted more, and today we return to Nürburgring regularly to try and improve our performance. This track - no doubt the world's toughest - has become one of our working tools, used extensively for the fine-tuning of Renaultsport vehicles. Today, we are proud to present Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R, which becomes the flag bearer of our sporting range. The stopwatch has delivered its verdict: Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R delivers a performance worthy of a supercar."

RENAULT MEGANE RS 275 TROPHY-R: RECORD BREAKER

Taking advantage of the technology upgrades gained by Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy, this very special edition pushes the limits of high performance. Almost 100 kg lighter than Mégane Renaultsport with a Cup chassis and 19" wheels (1,280 kg, compared with 1,381 kg), this hard-core version is even more dynamic and efficient. It features new equipment developed in cooperation with prestigious partners: Akrapovic exhaust system, Öhlins Road&Track adjustable dampers, Allevard composite springs and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

UNCOMPROMISING LOOKS

The looks of Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R are as uncompromising as its technical specification. The two-tone version with Pearlescent White bodywork and a black roof is expected to be particularly popular.

The colours that set off the F1-style splitter, stripes and side checkered flag graphics add touches of bright red to the bodywork. New 19" Speedline Turini wheels are fitted as standard finished in black with red as an option. The rear wiper has been removed in order to save another precious kilo. This is the first visible sign of the systematic efforts devoted to making the car lighter.

On board, the Recaro Pole Position bucket seats illustrate the main purpose of Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R. These single-piece polycarbonate seats are painted glossy black and upholstered in leather and alcantara. Designed to bring weight savings of 22 kg, they deliver a high level of side support for both the driver and passenger along with "unfiltered" feedback from the track.

Alcantara is also present on the steering wheel and hand brake gaiter, whereas leather is used for the gear lever knob. Available as accessories, Sabelt six-point safety harnesses complete the equipment recommended for track driving.

THE WAR AGAINST WEIGHT

To meet targets for performance, ride and handling, engineers tracked down every last superfluous kilo. To combine function and pleasure, most of the insulating and absorbing materials (-18 kg) were removed to enable the occupants to take full advantage of the sound made by the Akrapovic exhaust system.

As Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R was made for track driving, the rear seat has been removed (-20 kg) to make it a real two-seater. A cross strut bar is provided for the luggage restraint net. Track enthusiasts will appreciate the boot layout, designed to make it easy to carry four spare wheels. To protect the cabin, special wheel covers with the Renaultsport logo are available as accessories.

A further 10 kg has been saved by removing the air conditioning and radio and fitting a simplified central console. However, air conditioning, radio and the Renault R-Link onboard, connected multimedia system are still available as options depending on the country.

EVEN MORE POWER WITH THE RENAULT SPORT 2.0T ENGINE

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R comes with the latest upgrades to the Renaultsport 2.0T engine.

Engineers sought to increase torque at peak power of 5,500 rpm by working on the electronic control parameters. By raising torque to 349 Nm (+10 Nm), they boosted engine power to 275 hp (201 kW). Available between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm, maximum torque of 360 Nm remains unchanged. These results can be obtained by selecting Sport or Race modes in Renaultsport Drive dynamic management system.

The result of these efforts can be seen in the wider torque curve at higher revs. At the wheel, these developments deliver better acceleration in intermediate gears, for less frequent down shifts. This new engine definition has no impact on fuel consumption or emissions which remain contained at 7.5 l/100 km and 174 g/km of CO2/ .

A SOUND SIGNATURE BY AKRAPOVIC

Among the partners brought together by Renaultsport Technologies for the development of Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R, Akrapovic is making its voice heard! Renowned for its work with motorcycles and supercars, the Slovenian firm designed a special exhaust system in partnership with Renaultsport. The titanium exhaust, running from the intermediate silencer to the tail, cuts vehicle weight by 4 kg. The carbon tailpipe trim is also by Akrapovic.

This assembly gives Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R a deeper, more raucous sound signature that is sure to thrill engine aficionados!

A CHASSIS OF INFINITE POTENTIAL

Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R is based on the Cup chassis, which features a mechanical limited slip differential. Designed to improve traction in sports driving, this system delivers dependable efficiency at all times, regardless of grip conditions, driving style or type of curve. The limited slip differential is combined with an independent steering-axis layout, allowing drivers to reap the full benefits of the extra traction for more reassuring handling.

Unanimously recognised as best-in-class, the Cup chassis takes advantage of the additional potential created by the latest developments from Renault Sport and its partners:

Öhlins adjustable Road&Track dampers

Allevard composite suspension springs at the front

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION FOR CONTROLLED EFFICIENCY ON ALL TYPES OF SURFACE

New from Öhlins, the Road&Track dampers were inspired by the world of motorsport. Unlike the conventional models with rods, these carefully crafted gems feature a sliding cartridge. This layout reduces the shear forces that can "block" the moving rod.

The new dampers feature DFV (Dual Flow Valve) technology, a major innovation that functions on both rebound and compression. The speed of operation, at both low and high frequencies, keeps the tyre in contact with the ground in almost all circumstances. In the event of heavy usage, the internal bleed valve maintains consistent damping quality even when the fluid heats up.

As requested by Renaultsport, the Öhlins Road&Track dampers are fitted with a hydraulic compression stop at the front. The PDS (Progressive Damping System) provides additional damping capacity at the end of the compression phase, when the car brakes hard or hits a bump.

The dampers are adjustable and, with 20 positions at the front and 30 at the rear, the car can adapt precisely to all types of surface and all driving styles.

Drivers can also vary the front ride height and attitude of Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R by adjusting the compression of the Allevard composite springs. These corrosion proof springs have a longer service life. They also reduce vehicle weight by a further 2 kg. Renaultsport is once more demonstrating its avant-garde approach with this solution - the first time that this material has been used in a production car.

To support inexperienced drivers, online tutorials and set-up sheets will be available on the www.renaultsport.com website in the near future. The database will be updated regularly with customer feedback.

TYRES ON A PAR WITH THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE CHASSIS

Even the best chassis is useless without the right tyres to connect it to the road. To address the challenge from Renaultsport, Michelin developed a special version of its Pilot Sport Cup 2. Fitted on many supercars, this high-performance tyre is now available for the first time as standard on a front-wheel drive.

Starting from the suspension settings that are most demanding for tyres, Michelin engineers submitted a number of alternatives to Renaultsport test drivers. Following the tests conducted on several tracks (Nürburgring, Michelin technology centres in Ladoux, Charade and Jerez), a new version was jointly approved.

The characteristics of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyre are as follows:

a tread with Bi-Compound technology, featuring a softer compound on the outside for better grip, and a harder compound on the inside for more precise steering;

a belt made of aramid fibre - five times more resistant than steel - to control centrifugal force and deliver consistent performance at high speeds;

Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0® technology, optimizing pressure in the tyre's contact patch to maximize the area in contact with the track;

a new wider bead to increase lateral stiffness.

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 has all the qualities necessary to take full advantage of the potential of Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R: precise steering, stability, grip and sporting performance. To which two further qualities could be added: endurance, for lapping and also with respect to the service life of the casing, and versatility, for safe driving in all weather conditions.

The tyres are mounted on 19" Speedline Turini wheels. This new wheel design, based directly on the world of motorsport, reduces the unsprung weight of the vehicle by 5 kg.
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