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  • 2011 RENAULT MEGANE RS N4 + 2011 AUDI R18


    Renault Mégane RS 250 is now to give rise to a rally car, N4, intended for private teams and drivers. It is noted for its striking design and having won acclaim for the quality of its chassis and engine. Developed for racing on asphalt, it is set to establish a new standard.

    Under the bonnet, the performance of the 2.0-litre 16V turbo engine has been enhanced with an optimised electronic engine control system. Despite regulatory restrictions, the Mégane Renaultsport N4’s engine puts out 265hp and torque of 470 Nm. It is linked to a five-speed H-pattern gearbox.

    Renault Sport Technologies has sought to design an innovative, reliable and high-performance package that also takes on board the notion of cost control at every stage of development. The intention is to make Renault Mégane RS N4 accessible to all drivers, and be both easy to handle and economical to run. Like all of the vehicles in its rally range, Mégane Renaultsport N4 is to be sold by Renault Sport Technologies in the form of a kit comprising all the specific parts.

    In the cockpit, once seated in the Sabelt bucket seats, driver and co-driver will find the production dashboard and central console. In addition to the standard equipment, the dashboard on the Renault Megane RS N4 also features an LCD screen which provides all the essential information on how the engine is running, as well as a tripmaster and LEDs for optimised gear changes.

    2011 AUDI R18

    2011 Audi R18, which was presented at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt on the evening of Friday, December 10, 2010, Audi is aiming for its tenth Le Mans success in 2011. Audi aims to continue its string of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours with a completely new LMP1 sports car development.

    By opting for a 3.7-liter V6 TDI unit, Audi retains the diesel concept that saw its first victorious fielding in 2006. “From our point of view, the TDI continues to be the most efficient technology. Another new development is the six-speed transmission in the Audi R18 which has been specifically modified for use with the smaller engine.

    Unlike those of the closed Le Mans prototypes, the carbon fiber monocoque of the Audi R18 does not consist of two halves but features a single-component design. This saves weight and increases stiffness.

    The engineers’ Audi Sport using The chassis and aerodynamics package contains a lot of know-how from the R8, the R10 TDI and the R15 TDI whereas the fitting of identically sized front and rear wheels is new to an Audi Le Mans sports car. This configuration allows a more balanced weight distribution.

    Audi’s light designers had the chance to make their mark on the development as well: The LEDs of the daytime light form the shape of a “1? which is intended to inspire associations with Audi’s historic brand logo. The Audi R18’s headlights, which are the first to completely consist of LEDs with optimized amount of light, are a technical highlight.

    The racing debut of the Audi R18 is planned for the Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 6 Hours on May 8, 2011. Prior to the event, the new prototype will be able to do its first laps on the race track at Le Mans during the official test day on April 24 and gather important data for the race on June 11 and 12, 2011.

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