Focus RS ‘Ring Showdown with Megane R26-R

Both the Ford Focus RS and RenaultSport Megane R26-R are undergoing final development at the Nurburgring, and it looks like the two cars are going to be very evenly matched.

The Megane R26-R has recently been clocked around the Nurburgring at 8:12, running on super grippy Toyo Cup tyres. The Focus RS development car, running at about 250bhp, has managed an 8:27 on standard Continental tyres with a Bentley test driver behind the wheel.

Ford are now hoping to get the finished spec Focus RS, with 297bhp, onto the track with an experienced race driver behind the wheel. They’re then hoping for an improved time of around 8:15, and having seen how effective the Toyo Cups are on the Megane are now considering adding them to the option list for customer cars.

Some extra information to have emerged about the Focus RS is that peak torque will now be 324lb-ft, up from the previosuly quoted 302lb-ft.

Whether or not this ‘Ring fixation will make the cars unbearable to drive on a daily basis remains to be seen, but one thing we’re guaranteed is that both of these cars are going to be bloody quick!


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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