Renault has a long tradition of producing highly capable and exciting pocket rockets that are great to drive and the R26.R is perhaps the ultimate incarnation. The R26 has still not been surpassed as the ultimate hot hatch in the eyes of the motoring press and the R model takes this brilliance a step further achieving a lap of the Nurburgring in 8 minutes, 17 seconds the fastest ever for a front drive production car. Light weight is the key to this performance, at just 1230kg with carbon fibre bonnet, carbon fibre Sabelt seats, full race six point harnesses, polycarbonate side and rear windows. Mechanical features include an lsd, grooved brakes with four point Brembo callipers and short shift gearlever. A serious piece of machinery for road and track days that drives in that precise well-honed feel normally only experienced in cars of many times the cost.
This example is one of only 230 R models produced for the UK market. It has the ultimate specification, finished in metallic black with options including Interlagos wheels finished in black, red roll cage and superb sounding titanium exhaust. The R remains in superb original order throughout with 30,000 miles and a full history from new. The car comes with all books including stamped service book, invoices, MOT certificates and all keys.
A very satisfying rare and legendary modern classic for the price of a rather dull new car!