Megane 250 Cup shocks supercars at Donington

The £23,160 lined up in a field of eleven cars worth in excess of £1m combined during Autocar magazine’s search for the Best Driver’s Car 2010, and finished fifth overall.

While the £100,000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS walked away with the top prize at Donington race track, the Renaultsport model finished ahead of the £157,500 Mercedes SLS AMG, the Audi RS5, Jaguar XJ Supersport and the VW Scirrono R.

The racing-inspired Megane 250 Cup also lapped the track quicker than the Jaguar and Volkswagen models as well as the lightweight Lotus Elise with a time of 1 minute 24.3 seconds.

The annual award aims to find the most enjoyable, involving and satisfying car from a host of supercars, and the Megane’s fifth place finish made it the best value for money performance car in the line-up.

With a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Renaultsport Megane Cup 250 three-door hot hatch offers 251 lb ft of torque. It is capable of 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds but it really comes alive on the track, where a lower tide helps it around corners.

After the track day, Autocar’s chief road tester Matt Prior revealed some of the faster supercars were a bit too quick to be fun.

"Some modern supercars are so quick that their electronic driving aids actually make them more enjoyable," said Prior. "A moderately handy driver can often extend his own limits, and take the car’s performance further, while knowing there’s a back-up if things go wrong."

Also at the test, the Jaguar XJ Supersport recorded a time of 1 minute 24.6, finishing ahead of the Volkswagen Scirroco R and the Alpina B5 S Biturbo in the judge’s estimations.