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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:09 pm PostPost subject: R26 RenaultSport Megane
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The car was an 2008 08 R26 Renaultsport Megane. For those that aren't familiar its a 227 BHP FWD 2.0 Turbo with a mechanical LSD: quite a package for the modest price tags they offer......


Here's how the car looked when I picked it up...totally standard.



First order of buisiness was belts at rentec autocare in Edinburgh, followed by some minor cosmetic changes, (R26.R Spoiler).



First order of business was just replacing discs (R26.R grooved brembos) and fitted a short shifter kit (really does change the throw massively, a great simple mod)



at the same time get the rusty std exhaust system replaced with a Milltek from the Cat - back, along with a pipercross panel air filter.

Here's the Megane enjoying some of the finest roads / scenary Scotland has to Offer...

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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:14 pm PostPost subject:
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Next was a custom remap.

This was done by RenaultSport specialists RS Tuning down in Leeds - a great day out, and the remap yielded another 31 Bhp over std map and a shed load more torque.

The drive ability hugely improved, with all the torque coming in at 2,500rpm instead of 3,500rpm.


Here's the car on the rollers at RS Tuning.....



and the power and torque curves.....



Real world driving consumption probably improved a little (low down torque?) but of course, when enjoying a spiritied drive it now uses around 20% more fuel - I think this is enough power for me atm, its nice to have a decent range from a tank on trackdays also Smile
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:23 pm PostPost subject:
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Next came my first modifications that you could class as 'trackday' mods.

I was permantly driving with the rear seats folded down for the noise that it free's up from the back box on higher revs (The Mk2 Megane 'whoosh') - so I may as well removed the rear seats.

weighing in at 25Kgs, it was definatly a noticeable weight reduction, kind of stressing the importance of weight in a drivers car, and giving me the weight saving bug.



Once the seats were out it was time to tidy the rear a little.

I purchased a copy of the rear brace bar that was fitted to the R26.R (lightweight track focused version of the R26) when the optional factory cage wasn't purchased....



Only when fitting did it become apparent this was purley a comsmetic item and wouldn't increase any rear rigidity....lesson learnt.

Also picked up the rear safety net to give some functionality back to the boot of the car (This is my only car)



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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:28 pm PostPost subject:
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I'm leanring as I go along as I'm totally new to performance cars and don't have any sort of mechnical knowledge really...

I had purchased an ODB transmitter and torque pro on the phone, only after the remap did I notice my intake temps once the scottish weather had heated up a little - they were reaching +35 degrees above ambient...on the road!

Time for a better intercooler - (later comically found out the intercoolers on all the Mk2 Renaultsport meganes are off the 1.9 Dci model...could explain it).

2 options for a quality direct fit, Airtec or Forge - went for a black airtec in the end...nice and discreet.

No added lagging, and intake temps never go more than 2 degrees above ambient now - even at KH!



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You'll notice as well that I decided to take off some of the decals that came with the car to make it look a little more modern..



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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:35 pm PostPost subject:
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Now things start getting more and more track focused......

The suspension on the car was getting tired and far too much body roll on the intial turn in....

Time to have a suspension refresh......given the value they offered, I decided to go for Taiwanese Made BC Racing Coilovers - a popular choice in the Mk2 megane circles given their price point....





Had them set up by Dreadnought Garage in Callendar.

The Geometry I went for was: -2 neg camber, 0 toe out
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:38 pm PostPost subject:
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Time for the cars first ever outing on track...

As my brakes were Std, I took it very easy on them (lifting off at 100, and not using them till 80mph or so)

Also I had my Pilot Super Sport road Tyres on for this outing.....

Anyway here's the car at KH with a lovely Exige (Which was a WHALE of a car to be a pax in - thanks to the owner Wink )



I had very little guts through Duff's on the first outing, and there's so much to consider in such an alien environment - but I couldn't stop smiling all night
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:41 pm PostPost subject:
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Now was to get the brakes up to scratch for track work...

RBF600 Fluid, HEL Braided hoses, and Fedoro DS1.11 (Front only) Pads were all added to the car..





The difference was unbelieveable - I now understand what car testers say about brakes when they put your head through the windscreen - fantastic cold performance on the road also - they are very loud as slow speeds.....part of the territory....
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:47 pm PostPost subject:
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Managed to pick up a 2nd hand set of alloys from the R26.R with R888s (2mm or so..) already on them - ideal.



When they get destroyed with brake dust I may get them done in anthricite or gold - don't mind the red as much as I thought initially actually.

The outright grip wasn't up to my expectations, but the steering feel through how hard they are was brilliant on track - For me, the helmet etc rob you of quite a lot of the feedback you get when driving on track - these tyres reversed that trend.

The 2nd tracknight with the new brakes and tyres was a blast! I had a lot more confidence and managed to get into a nice rhythm at times Smile

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Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:55 pm PostPost subject:
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Sadly during this tracknight, my clutch fluid overheated and I had a partial clutch failure (for 5 mins or so) 30 mins before the end of the session: I decided to quit while I was ahead as I'd already had a great night - and wanted to be able to get the car home!!!!

Braking down on a trackday I guess is part of the experience lol

The car's currently off the road (its had a new clutch and SMF conversion and some steering components refreshed) but due to supplier issues we're still waiting on lower arm bushes......

Fingers crossed I'll be ready to get booked onto Thursday's 4 hour reverse session!!!!

Anyway, here's a nice selection of pics on track and a couple of videos from the last outing for those that are keen - thanks for reading, more updated on the way no doubt Wink







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukagfMTa2tk



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrJMtBculaA
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Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:48 pm PostPost subject:
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Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:11 pm PostPost subject:
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Little Update - the powerflex lower arm bushes (instead of waiting for the lower arms on back order at renault) have arrived today and should have the car back on the road tomorrow.

Cars now booked on to Thursday's 4 hour session..

Looking forward to it Smile
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Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:13 pm PostPost subject:
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The red wheels look great....lovely car this..
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Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:47 pm PostPost subject:
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good stuff moar updates! Smile
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Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:08 pm PostPost subject:
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Haha - cheers for the comments guys Smile

Update this week - manage to sell the Recaro Treadlines that come as standard on the R26 for a very good price.....meaning I ordered these as a replacement - been on the radar for a long time..

Its the Sabelt GT-140 in the large size and heres what it looks like,



Its a seat thats better suited to my frame and should hold me in nice and snug, didn't go for a seat with lateral head supports for cost, and also for trying to keep the car as an enjoyable weekend toy (we'll see how long that lasts though lol)

Sadly they have yet to be dispatched but hopefully shouldn't be too long.

I have a set of 2nd hand subframes, mounts and runners that are made by renault tuners Ktec, which should mean a fairly easy direct fit.

I have a 4 point clubman (2nd hand dated 2020) and a lighter 6 point harness on its way also.

Once the seats are in....it'll be time to give Mr McMinn a call.... Wink


Here's some of the shots of the megane at last weeks reverse session - may have to get a few of these printed out for the wall! Smile
















So the things on the agenda next are, cage, plastic 3 rear windows, and maybe get rid of the AC (its french and doesn't exactly work anyway! lol)

Cheers!
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