All New Renault Megane R.S.

All New Renault Megane R.S.

The all New Renault Mégane R.S. details have just been released today.
Maybe you saw it as the Course Car driven by Carlos Sainz Jnr on the Monte Carlo Rally last weekend. Well now all the official details have been released. 
For now it’s the Sport & Cup versions, Manual or Auto, but there will be a Trophy version later in the year with More Power!

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, All-New Renault Mégane R.S. has been eagerly awaited by sports driving enthusiasts. Just like its predecessors, the Mégane R.S. is aiming to become a benchmark in the C-segment hot hatch market. The third generation Mégane R.S. is packed full of Renault Sport expertise and passion.

Driven by its powerful design and focused on performance, All-New Renault Mégane R.S. makes no attempt to hide its motorsport pedigree, offering outstanding driving pleasure on the road and on the track.

  • Unique in class 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system ensures stability at high speeds and agility at low speeds – at high speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction, limited to a one degree angle for the rear wheels and at low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions up to a maximum angle of 2.7 degrees;
  • Hydraulic bump stops all round enable optimum control of tyre-ground contact and increased ride comfort;
  • The world’s most powerful 1.8-litre engine delivers 280hp and 390Nm of torque thanks to the development work jointly carried out by engineers from Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing;
  • The option of an Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gearbox is available for the first time, alongside a manual transmission;
  • Two types of chassis are available – Sport or Cup. The Sport chassis provides easy sporty driving, with best-in-class efficiency, whilst the Cup chassis offers greater sports performance for track and fast road use;
  • The new R.S. Monitor Expert allows drivers to film their track sessions and overlay telemetry data to create augmented reality videos that can later be analysed on the R.S. Replay website;
  • The unique R.S. Vision lighting system with chequered flag design integrates the side lights, cornering lights, fog lights & high beam into one housing in the front bumper.

Pricing for the All-New Renault Mégane R.S. will be made available closer to the on-sale date of early summer 2018.

Manual or efficient dual clutch EDC gearbox: spoilt for choice

Widely acclaimed by owners of Mégane III R.S., the six-speed manual transmission is maintained on All-New Mégane R.S.

An optional six-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox is also available for the first time. In order to provide complete reliability, this gearbox – which is already in use on several models in the Renault range – has been strengthened to withstand the torque and revs of a sports car engine. Based on the required take-off acceleration, in-gear acceleration and maximum speed, the Renault Sport engineers defined new gear ratios and specific shift patterns, associated with the Multi-Sense modes so as to adapt to all driving styles.

Influenced by the Renault Sport Formula One Team, the EDC gearbox comes with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles. The gearshift times depend on which Multi-Sense mode is selected:

  • Comfort and Normal: smooth gear changes, without any jerking;
  • Sport: quicker gear changes with amplified engine noise;
  • Race: efficiency with no compromise on comfort, with even quicker gear changes.

In Sport and Race modes, the EDC gearbox also has the following functions:

  • Multi Change Down: under braking in manual mode, this feature lets you drop several gears simultaneously by pressing and holding down the left-hand paddle. The best gear is then selected in order to exit the corner as efficiently as possible.

Launch Control: the clutch and turbo are pre-loaded, enabling standing starts to be made just as quickly as in a racing car. In Sport mode, traction control provides the driver with additional support in finding the best possible grip in slippery conditions.

Multi-Sense: customise your sports car experience

Controlling engine response, the mapping of the accelerator pedal, shift patterns, On the EDC gearbox, and the stiffness of the steering, the Multi-Sense system lets drivers customise their experience according to the circumstances. Five positions are available:

  • Comfort: specific engine response settings and gearbox shift patterns5 that reduce fuel consumption;
  • Normal: a good balance between comfort, acoustics and safety, with an ideal ESP activation threshold for everyday use;
  • Sport: a sportier disposition, this mode combines more lively response with pleasingly accentuated engine noise, stiffer steering and a delayed ESP activation threshold;
  • Race: for racetrack driving, the ESP is completely disabled and the settings of the 4CONTROL system deliver even more agile handling;
  • Perso: this mode allows each driver to customise the settings of the various technologies and driver aids (ADAS) on the vehicle – every part of the car can be set up individually according to the driver’s situation.

The engine, gearbox and ESC settings are summarised as:

The various modes may be accessed via the R-LINK 2 touchscreen tablet. The R.S. Drive button provides a shortcut to the Sport (short press) and Race (press and hold) modes.

 

A “TROPHY” VERSION BY THE END OF 2018
By the end of the year, Renault Sport will be releasing a “Trophy” version, with power output upped to 300hp and a peak torque of 400Nm. The Cup chassis, 19-inch wheel rims and the bi-material brake discs will be standard on this version.

Ford Performance Time Trials Video featuring the New Fiesta ST

Ford Performance Time Trials Video featuring the New Fiesta ST

OK, I know this is yet another FORD feature but it’s the 1st time that you can see the New Fiesta ST & 2018 Mustang GT in action!! 🙂

Eight Ford Performance Models + Eight Ford GT Race Drivers = One Epic Track Showdown!

DEARBORN – It’s the ultimate track showdown: Eight models from the Ford Performance global line-up on a circuit together for the very first time, pushed to their limits by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team drivers.

In a new video from Ford Performance, filmed at the Motorland race circuit near Barcelona, Spain, the Ford F-150 Raptor; Fiesta ST, all-new Fiesta ST, Focus RS, new Mustang GT, Mustang GT350R, Ford GT road car and Ford GT race car go head-to-head in a staggered time trial around one lap of the 5.345 km circuit.

The sequence was filmed in partnership with Castrol Edge during a tight four-hour window, during which all eight Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team drivers took time-out from a pre-season Ford GT race car tyre test to shoot.

Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke from the World Endurance Championship, and Dirk Müller, Joey Hand, Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, each took the wheel of a Ford Performance model – setting off at intervals and culminating in an eight-way battle through the final bends and finish straight. The time trial was the first and probably only chance to find out if a Fiesta ST could beat a Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car.

The showdown was filmed using three camera crews, a drone and 16 GoPro cameras. Wheel-to-wheel action was captured using a custom-built Ford Fiesta ST camera tracking vehicle in ultra-high-definition 4K resolution.

From extra special pickup trucks to Le Mans-winning thoroughbred race cars, Ford Performance vehicles offer unique characters, but share sophisticated driving technologies to deliver exceptional fun to drive experiences. All but two of the cars feature Ford’s EcoBoost engines, from the smallest 3‑cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost in the all-new Fiesta ST right up to the 3.5-litre twin turbo EcoBoost in the F-150 Raptor, road-going Ford GT and Ford GT race car.

The Mustang GT350R features a remarkable flat-plane crank V8 that delivers 526 horsepower from 5.2 litres, while the new Mustang GT features the iconic 5.0-litre V8.

Afterwards Harry Tincknell said: “It was a hilarious shoot. Eight racing drivers all given a car to go flat-out in for a race. Anything could have happened and it almost did! It was amazing to be one of the first people to drive the all-new Ford Fiesta ST, one of the most popular cars in the world, and it handled like a dream. “

Richard Westbrook, who drove the Focus RS said: “It was great to take on our Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teammates at a totally different challenge. It was just a blast. Ford Performance offers vehicles that are so capable at very different things and their strengths showed on the track.”

Stefan Mücke said: “Driving the all-new Mustang GT road car on the race track was great fun. It was very special to see all the Ford Performance cars on the track at the same time, and quite brave, too, to do this with a group of competitive racing drivers! It got very close in the final corners as everybody wanted to be first. Great fun and an awesome lap!”

Joey Hand said: “Some of the coolest cats out there drive Mustangs and I love horsepower, so I was crossing my fingers I’d get the GT350R. Things got a little wild on the track, but it was a great time. I’d take them on again.”

Olivier Pla said: “Obviously driving the Ford GT was great around Motorland. You can clearly feel and it is obvious to see how fast this car is. Driving the Ford GT at the limit is very special. The car is a work of art!”

Cars and drivers

Driver Vehicle Engine Power Max speed 0-100 km/h
Ryan Briscoe F-150 Raptor 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost 450 hp (U.S specification) N/A N/A
Dirk Müller Fiesta ST 1.6-litre EcoBoost 182 PS 223 km/h 6.9 sec
Harry Tincknell All-new Fiesta ST 1.5-litre EcoBoost 200 PS N/A 6.7 sec (anticipated)
Richard Westbrook Focus RS 2.3-litre EcoBoost 350 PS 268 km/h 4.7 sec
Stefan Mücke New Mustang GT 5.0-litre V8 450 PS (anticipated) N/A N/A
Joey Hand Mustang GT350R 5.2-litre V8 526 hp (U.S specification) N/A N/A
Olivier Pla Ford GT road car 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost 655 PS 347 km/h <3 sec
Andy Priaulx Ford GT race car 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost N/A N/A N/A

All track activities were filmed on a closed circuit and monitored by Ford’s safety experts.

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Ford Focus RS Red Edition……

Ford Focus RS Red Edition……

I know this is not strictly new News but as it’s not out yet, due for production during February / March, and since I’ve only just done this page I thought I’d include it.
It’s proving a bit controversial for a few reasons.
Most people are unsure about the Race Red Colour as it’s just a standard Ford Colour that you can get on any number of Ford mainstream models not least the Focus ST. If you spec the aforementioned ST with Black Wheels then lets face it they do look remarkably similar. In my opinion it ought to have been a ‘Special’ different colour that’s not available on the ‘mainstream’ models.
Another is that originally there was meant to be 300 but I’ve heard rumours that this may increase to as many as 500!!?? How true this is who knows until they start arriving in dealerships.
The Interior Details really ought to have been Red rather than Blue! On the MK2 Focus RS500 this happened so why not on the ‘MK3 RS Red Edition’?? In my opinion this would have really finished the car off.
Why no Mountune FPM375 to go with the inclusion of the Diff? Again to me, and many others, this would have been a No Brainer!! Come on Ford Performance give the Customer what they want 🙂
It’s a limited production special edition car but there’s no badges to state as such on the car whatsoever!!?? It’s not numbered & there’s not even an ‘Edition’ badge, strange!! They even managed to do this on a Focus ST500 & Fiesta ST500 but not on a RS!!??
Don’t get me wrong I think they’re great cars overall* but they could have been that little bit better with a bit more effort & as they say the attention is in the details! 😉
I think if it was my money I’d buy the Blue Edition as at least then the Interior Trim compliments the Exterior Colour.

*As long as you didn’t get one of the early cars that’s had Engine problems that is. Ford have now issued a Recall for this if your car was built between August 3rd 2015 to July 6th 2017. If you’re affected by this then please contact your Ford Dealer. Obviously the Red Edition Cars won’t be affected by this.

Focus RS Price List inc Editions. Link here.

Additional Focus RS Red Edition Spec:

  • Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Race Red body colour
  • Gloss Black painted roof
  • Black cast-alloy wheels with grey finish brake calipers
  • Gloss Black painted door mirrors and rear spoiler
  • Carbon Fibre interior trim parts (auxiliary dials bezel, door grab handle and handbrake lever)
  • Partial leather Recaro shell seats
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power-fold mirrors
  • Cruise Control with speed limiter
  • Ford KeyFree system
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Active City Stop (not shown in Photos)

New Fiesta ST coming in Spring 2018……

New Fiesta ST coming in Spring 2018……

Have you got your order in for one of these??
Ford’s New little Pocket Rocket the All New Fiesta ST with a 1.5 Litre 3 Cylinder Engine!
Official Ford Press Release Below……

ALL-NEW FORD FIESTA ST
COMING 2018

 

A more intense experience all round.

The All-New Fiesta ST is even more powerful and responsive. The handling is even more focussed and precise. With the ability to customise and personalise the car like never before, the end result is a performance car engineered to put a smile on your face every time you take the wheel. So get ready to enjoy the ride. 

All-new car, all-new engine

Powering the All-New Fiesta ST is a brand-new 3-cylinder 1.5 EcoBoost engine, built on the core principles of enhancing fuel-efficiency without compromising performance, through the development of cutting-edge technology, which has seen Ford’s 1.0 EcoBoost win 10 International Engine of the Year awards since it launched.

The All-New Fiesta ST will deliver an increased output of 200PS and 290Nm of torque, supported by Ford’s brand-new cylinder deactivation technology (a world first in a 3-cylinder engine), meaning the All-New Fiesta ST will effortlessly exhibit what it means to be a Ford Performance Vehicle, whilst benefitting from lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency.

SYNC 3

Ford SYNC 3 is a state-of-the-art system that enables you to stay connected and control your phone, music and navigation system with intuitive voice commands, or an 8” colour touchscreen. It connects to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, and with Applink, you can access some of your favourite smartphone apps, including Spotify. Live Traffic can also help you avoid the jams. And you can even call up a list of local restaurants just by saying “I’m hungry”, or access the Michelin Guide to help you choose and book places to eat.

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