Renault Megane RS 275 looking to conquer Melbourne circuit
FIRST the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R conquered Germany's notorious Nürburgring. Now our own Albert Park track in Melbourne is within reach.
The $61,990 front-wheel drive holds the production car lap record both at the Nürburgring and Suzuka for commercially-available vehicles 2.0-litre and under…but it's not resting on its laurels.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing young-gun Daniil Kvyat will be at the helm of the Megane RS during the Albert Park Challenge where he will attempt to set the record on March 12 leading up to the Australian Grand Prix.
"I'm really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to set the first ever production car lap record of the Albert Park Circuit," said Kvyat.
"It will be a great opportunity to get some track time ahead of the grand prix, and even better to do it with a Renault engine."
Only 50 examples of the track-bred Megane RS 275 Trophy-R have been allocated to Australia from a global production run of 250 cars, and one of these will be used for the Albert Park Challenge.
The Megane RS 275 Trophy-R comes standard with the Cup chassis (complete with mechanical limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, 'Öhlins Road&Track' one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.
A Nürburgring Accessory Kit including a lithium-ion battery, steel/aluminium brake discs and six-point harness belts with aviation-style buckles is available in Australia and contributes to Megane RS 275 Trophy-R's lighter weight.