Renault teases new 500bhp racer

Renault has teased an image of its mysterious new racer, the R.S. 01.

First hinted at just over a month ago, Renault have kept details of the enigmatic Renaultsport model firmly under wraps.

Nismo Engine

There’s still not much known about it, but the French carmaker has confirmed that it will produce around 500bhp courtesy of a Nismo engine.

Other details are that it will include a seven-speed sequential gearbox supplied by Sadev, while the car will have a monocoque constructed from carbon fibre, and that it will weight of approximately 1,100kg.

Designed to become the next star in the World Series, the model is currently undergoing an intense series of testing challenges designed to appraise its performance.

Unfortunately though, fans of the new model will have to wait until the end of August to find out more. The R.S. 01 won’t be fully unveiled until August 27th at the Moscow Motor Show.

Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy

Regardless, if you’re a fan of high-performance Renault’s, there’s always the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy.

The more potent version of the regular production Megane uses an upgrade of the same powerplant in the standard Renaultsport model.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and has a power output of 271bhp.

The 275 Trophy also utilises Renault’s Cup chassis as standard, which is used for the manufacturer’s racing cars. The Cup chassis is stiffer than the standard chassis used in a Renaultsport Megane and consequently delivers a more precise and composed driving experience.

Renault has also given its Megane 275 Trophy a range of other new and improved components to boost overall speed and handling through the corners.

These changes include the lightweight titanium exhaust system and the car also has a more aggressive engine note then the standard Renaultsport Megane.

Interior updates also include leather and Alcantara sports seats complete with distinct red stitching and an alloy gear lever.

Pricing for the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy begins at £28,930.