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2005 Renault Megane Trophy

2005 Renault Megane Trophy
2005 Renault Megane Trophy Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R:n.a.
Type:V6, Turbocharged
Displacement cu in (cc):213 (3498)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:320(239) / n.a.
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:n.a.
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length ◊ Width ◊ Height in:170.6 ◊ 74.5 ◊ 48.4
Weight lb (kg):2094 (950)
Acceleration 0-62 mph s:n.a.
Top Speed mph (km/h):>155 (>250)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):n.a.
Base Price: 2005 Renault Megane Trophy - Approx. $122,000 / 100,000 Ä (last update: 3/27/2007)

Renault Sportís Highest Ever Performance Saloon

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 Megane Trophy to take to the grid in 2005 as part of the World Series by Renault.

By taking Megane Renault Sport Coupe and refining its sleek lines, Renault's designers have come up with a racing saloon with a silhouette resembling the awesome German touring cars. It's bodywork lowered by a full 10 centimeters, widened wheel arches and an impressive rear diffuser combine to give Megane 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 320 bhp, featuring a semi-dry sump. Trackside, all maintenance and technical assistance will be provided by Solution F.

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.

Ever since the drawing board stage, Renault Sport wanted to incorporate driving pleasure into a very high-performance car. A key factor in this research was aerodynamics. The result is a split front bumper that channels into two tunnels leading out behind the front wheels, creating a Venturi effect that pins the car to the ground. Stability at the back comes from a diffuser and spoiler, both fully integrated in the profile. The overall downforce generated gives Megane Trophy a level of handling similar to a Le Mans endurance prototype.

Driveability is also enhanced by the specially-designed Michelin tires, 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 Megane 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 Megane 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 tire usage in order to limit the costs to teams, always a core concern for Renault Sport.

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

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