Renault Megane RS at this Sunday’s Red Bull Speed Street

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  • On April 24th, RENAULT engines will roam in the heart of Singapore during a Formula One exhibition organized by Red Bull Racing RENAULT.
  • More than 100 000 people are expected to gather for this public car show which will put under the spotlight the Mégane RS beside the Formula One 2010 World Champion Red-Bull Racing RENAULT which is equipped with a RENAULT engine.
  • This season, RENAULT is involved with 3 teams including RedBull Racing RENAULT. So far, RENAULT’s engines have won 2 podium places in all 3 GPs (Australia, Malaysia, China).


Renault_27590_1_6On 24 April, Formula 1 legend and former Red Bull Racing RENAULT driver David COULTHARD will surprise Sunday shoppers by giving a demonstration of the awesome power of a Formula 1 car along one of the world’s most famous shopping thoroughfares – Orchard Road, better known globally as a shoppers’ paradise lined with megamalls and five star hotels.


This Red Bull Speed Street event will be a full fledged standalone show car event lasting about an hour, in which the public can expect manoeuvres such as short sprints, burnouts, engine breaks and donuts, which one won’t get to see in actual F1 races.


With the association of Red Bull Racing RENAULT, RENAULT Sport F1 and RENAULT Sport Technology, spectators will also get to witness New Mégane RS 250 being will driven down by Frederic JOHAIS, professional driver from France who specializes in performing for RENAULT Sport Technology events all around the world as well as the World Series by RENAULT.


”We are proud to be able to showcase the Red Bull Racing and RENAULT partnership outside an event on the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar. It is also a unique opportunity for Renault to present the capacity and the efficiency of the Mégane RENAULT Sport 250, in the heart ofSingapore” says Area Operations Manager, RENAULT Singapore, Mr.Arnaud MOURGUE.


The Singapore event will cover an 800m stretch from the IONOrchard/Marriott Hotel, Scotts Road/Orchard Road junction to the Heeren and Mandarin Gallery. The event is expected to draw crowds of up to 100,000 spectators to line this stretch of Orchard Road, which is rarely opened to such mega sporting events, especially on a peak Sunday afternoon.


Red Bull Racing RENAULT is also working closely with the Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) to make the event a reality.


On 22 April, motorsports enthusiasts can also expect the festivities to startat Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, where the Red Bull Speed Street event will be based. One can expect New RENAULT Latitude, New Mégane Coupe-Cabriolet, Fluence, Mégane hatchback and Mégane RS on display, as well as Red Bull merchandise on sale, while Sony Computer Entertainment andSony Singapore will be setting up a gaming area featuring the Red Bull X2010 supercar in its PS3 game GT5 alongside 4 units of F1 simulatorscourtesy of Singapore GP, making the event a real motor racing extravaganza.



New Mégane R.S. is the latest addition to RENAULT’s line-up of sporting vehicles and stands out through its styling and performance which live up every bit to the newcomer’s sporty pedigree. The machine is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Peak power is 250hp, while maximum torque stands at 340Nm which is available across a particularly broad rev-band to deliver a standard of performance that can be enjoyed equally on the road and on race tracks.


On the tracks, New Mégane R.S. boasts a raft of specific equipment designed to heighten driving enjoyment, including the RENAULT Sport Dynamic Management (which permits three ESP modes) and RENAULT Sport Monitor (onboard telemetry).


Off the tracks, Mégane R.S. is a competent city car that sits 4 comfortably and comes with ample features that enhances driving experience andcomfort. Mégane R.S. is one of the most competitive hot hatches around thanks to refinements that have been introduced over the years, including the availability of the even more efficient Cup chassis.


New Mégane R.S. exudes a distinctly sporty feel thanks to several elements that take their inspiration from Formula 1. The dynamic, sweeping linescombine with a number of details which recall the world of motor sport to give it an even more assertive character, while pointing to the promise of exhilarating on-road performance:

- the wheelarches are wider to accommodate the impressive 18- or 19-inch wheels,

- the front bumper incorporates a wide air intake and a Formula 1-type aerodynamic blade,

- the central exhaust tailpipe, diffuser and rear lip spoiler reaffirm the car’s sporting credentials and contribute to its aerodynamic performance,

- the front bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights highlight the car’s piercing gaze.


New Mégane R.S. benefits from a raft of technological equipment, which are usually associated with cars from the next segment up, including:

- R.S Dynamic Management System, which allows the driver to choose the degree of electronic aid he or she wants in different situations:

- R.S Display Monitor, an advanced tool which provides the driver with real-time competition-style data feedback.


The analogue instruments of New Mégane R.S. are specific to the model and are another feature which provides a visible tie-in with the world of motor sport. In addition to the warning light which recommends the ideal moment to change gear, an audible warning also tells the driver when the rev-limiter is about to cut in.


New Mégane R.S. is available with a mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) which comprises a knurled helical gear, satellite and sun gears with parallel axes. The limited slip function is obtained by the system’s mechanical efficiency. When wheelspin occurs, the differential’s internalarchitecture generates friction on the surfaces of the sun gears. This results in a proportion of engine torque being transmitted to the wheel which benefits from the most grip.


Equipped with LSD, Mégane R.S. delivers genuine competition-type performance. The LSD ensures optimum traction at all times; whatever the conditions, however much grip is available, whatever the driving style and whatever the type of corner. The combination of a limited slip differential and independent steering axis front suspension minimizes the effects of torque steer and permits the driver to profit fully from the extra traction for a more reassuring drive.


The LSD also ensures greater stability under braking. By kicking in immediately, it pushes back the threshold when the ASR traction control intervenes under hard acceleration or when the ESP cuts in when turning into corners, thereby freeing the car’s full braking potential. Improved turn-in performance also means that the driver is able reaccelerate harder and sooner.



Renault_28067_1_6Sport is written into RENAULT’s DNA. One year after the brand was founded, in 1899, Louis RENAULT took part in the Paris-Trouville race. This was the first in a long string of motorsports events: Paris-Ostend, Paris-Bordeaux, Paris-Berlin, etc. in a variety of disciplines, including endurance, rally and speed. RENAULT won the very first Grand Prix, which took place in Le Mans in 1906. Sport has made a permanent mark on the company.


RENAULT has taken part in more than 30 F1™ racing seasons, winning nine Constructors’ world champion titles, most recently with Red Bull Racing in 2010. RENAULT engines secured 23 podium finishes in 2010, including a historic 1-2-3 at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2010. Three out of the last six world champions have been powered to the title by RENAULT engines.


Whether we are talking about the V6 turbo, the V10 or, more recently, the V8, RENAULT‘s engine specialists have shown their ability to succeed in all areas and in record time. They have adapted the RENAULT engine to different chassis for different customers, taking account of each one’s culture and requirements. Through their activities and their results, they have strengthened Renault‘s image internationally as a reliable, high performance brand.


Last December, Renault announced the creation of RENAULT Sport F1, the sporting division that will be responsible for Renault’s involvement in Formula 1™ as a supplier of engines, technology and business to business opportunities for the 2011 season and beyond.


The new division puts forward RENAULT‘s technological response to the challenge raised by the new F1™ regulations on engines. It will be a laboratory for developing technologies that better respect the environment, applicable to combustion and electric powertrains as well as to production models. RENAULT Sport F1 operates from Viry-Châtillon, RENAULT’straditional F1™ racing base.


Three teams, accounting for 25 percent of the field, have chosen the RENAULT engine:

- Red Bull Racing RENAULT: the 2010 world champion has usedRENAULT engines for the past four seasons. Demonstrating its confidence in Renault, it has extended the partnership for a further two years.

- Lotus RENAULT GP: Renault will be supplying engines and technologicalsupport to Lotus RENAULT GP, the team that previously competed under the name of RENAULT F1 Team and with which it won two world championships in 2005 and 2006.

- Team Lotus: a new customer for RENAULT in 2011. This team made its F1 debut in 2010. It has a sound technological base with the RENAULT engine and Red Bull Technology transmission.


With this decision to supply engines to three teams, RENAULT is returning to its core expertise in engine manufacturing and is preparing to meet the challenges of the future, particularly the new engine regulations to be introduced in 2013. Although details of the regulations are still under discussion, the main lines have emerged. The aims are for F1 innovations to be applicable to production vehicles, showcase technologies that better respect the environment, limit budgets, and to put on as spectacular a“show” as possible.


Carlos GHOSN, President and CEO of RENAULT said “2011 opens a new chapter in our historical involvement in Formula 1™ racing. The victory in 2010 with Red Bull Racing showed the potential of the engine specialists at Viry-Châtillon and underlines RENAULT‘s credibility as a supplier of engines and technologies. We intend to build on this victory over the coming years and to achieve further success with our partners. RENAULT will adopt a proactive approach with other manufacturers and sporting bodies to meet one of the main strategic challenges of this sporting discipline: to develop an engine with technologies that will herald those applied to future production vehicles.”


Bernard REY, President of RENAULT Sport F1, highlighted the fact that “Formula 1 is a real asset for the brand: it builds awareness, serves as a test bed for new technologies and, above all, provides a global showcase for RENAULT‘s quality excellence. If you’re aiming to win in Formula 1, your engine needs to deliver total reliability and performance. There can be no compromise. Year after year, our multiple world titles in the sport – which is among the most demanding in the world – have demonstrated RENAULT‘s expertise in terms of quality. And it is this acknowledged expertise that led three teams to partner with us in 2011.”

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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