Renault Megane R26.R

The recently unveiled 450 unit limited run Renault Megane R26.R set a lap record for front wheel drive cars at the Nurburgring track, completing a lap in 8 minutes and 17 seconds. A full list of the R26.R’s specifications are available here along with a hi-res photo gallery, but look after the jump for the video recording of the car tearing up the ‘ring.

VIDEO: Renault Megane R26.R Nurburgring Lap

After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest. With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history. An avid electronic gadget aficionado as well as big-time coffee lover, he's also the executive producer of the Driven motoring TV programme.

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  • hvannees (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 2:07 am

    very nice… but cannot afford Renault, so expensive here.. btw latio is a second choice..

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  • Porkbutcher (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 3:58 am

    This is awesome :)
    I believe this is how we race the FF cars. A lot of aggressive wheel turning to achieve front wheels drifting. Godlike grip also for R26.R.

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  • maibatsu_thunder (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 6:51 am

    That’s really cool I’ve tried Nurburgring on my friends Playstation. It’s NOT easy. I guess now this Megane R26.R can be called ‘Lord of the ‘Ring’!

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  • JULIANLEE2 (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    i’d still go for the golf r32 because its german

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  • rt (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    It looks like that Paul is on leave today :(

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  • mystvearn (Member) on Jul 29, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    It still has the same shape as a normal megane. Then you will struggle to explain to people what is the difference between this car and a normal megane

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  • kei9 (Member) on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

    the engine..
    sounds like a vacuum machine. (fabulous)

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  • SatriaGuy (Member) on Jul 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I love the Megane R26R (I think the R is for “Ringan” – the French just don’t want to admit that).

    The North part of the Nurburgring (Forest racetrack) is best driven not by letting the front wheels drifting (that will increase lap times) but by ensuring a smooth transition between corners (the track has 150 turns, after all).

    So braking and acceleration has to be seamless, not aggressive. It’s the car that’s making up the times, you just optimising the way the car does its work.

    Easy stuff. Not!

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