F1 team here…

Another day, another shoot.

This time, a French sensation took the stage – Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 (that’s the full name). Real drivers’ hot-hatch, made for pure enjoyment and obliterating them tires (and breaking some Nordschleife records while at it).

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Engine spits out 230 HP and 310 N·m of torque which is fully available at 3000 rpm. How much is that? Well, it’s a lot. It’s not Koenigsegg-lot but it will get you around the corner pretty fast. And since it’s pretty light, it can get to 100 km/h for a measly 6 seconds.
For this shoot I chose a slightly grungy location, a gravel plateau with nearby train tracks surrounded by some random, unobtrusive vegetation.
Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

This location is in my opinion highly suitable for a car of this sort, it’s uncluttered and clean, slightly rough around the edges and to the point. Guess what – you can use the same words for describing this car.
Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

This Renault is an amazing machine, and in my opinion, timeless design. To me, it’s reminiscent of another French classic from a much earlier era – Citroën Ami 6. It has a slightly aggressive front end, and in just the right way – it’s prominent and noticeable but you won’t stick out too much (which is a positive in my book).
Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Rear end sports two exhaust pipes, black grille around them, R26 decals to easier distinguish it from “regular” ones, and an overall sportier design. When seen from the side, the back has a really distinctive steep fall off, and I think you can’t mistake it for any other car.
Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Other features include 18-inch wheels, Brembo front and rear brake calipers in red, Recaro seats and a numbered plate as a statement of its exclusiveness. I guess that these cars will one day become true collector items, because not a lot of cars with these or similar features come to mind, especially not at this price point.

why do I love it: distinctive design, efficient engine, exclusiveness

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Renault Mégane II RenaultSport 230 F1 Team R26 © Davor Manojlovic

Remember, drive what you love, love what you drive.

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