CUP OF GALLIC GARLIC
During the international media event in Spain, I was let loose for a couple of laps around the Jerez circuit in the Megane RS Cup. This version gets a lowered (by 5mm) chassis, 10% stiffer dampers, a mechanical limited-slip differential (in place of the torque-vector) and lighter mixed-alloy Brembo brakes.
I did one better by requesting a joyride with Laurent Hurgon, Renault Sport driver and Nürburgring multi-record holder for the previous Megane RS. We hopped into a 6-speed manual RS Cup, complete with a “pull” handbrake instead of the auto variant’s electronic parking brake.
It was a good opportunity to experience the new RS at the limit, as Hurgon deftly carved each Jerez turn with surgical precision and nonchalant ease. Braking hard, the hazards flashed rapidly (cannot be turned off due to European safety regulations) before each twisty, followed by the mildest of understeer when entering the turn and the prompt correction of an oversteery slide when exiting each sharp corner, before blasting ahead on the next scorching straight.
It was all good fun, with the driver skillfully demonstrating the RS’s controllable and entertaining manners at the racetrack.