If you like your limited edition cars extremely limited, the Renault Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 will be right up your street. Only thirty cars are destined for the UK ─ making it statistically more probable you will catch Ebola than own one*.
The RB8 has been built to commemorate Red Bull Racing’s third Formula 1 Constructor’s world title, so it draws plenty of inspiration from the race team and its car. Most notably, the paint job is Twilight Blue with a spot of Platinum grey on the door handles, door mirror housing and the rear spoiler. On the rear side windows is a monochrome laurel celebrating the team’s 2012 title.
While you won’t find cans of the energy drink hidden in the glove box, there’s plenty of Red Bull branding in and around the car including on the numbered aluminium kickplates and carpet mats. Even the special Recaro seats, which come encased in a new leather and fabric upholstery, have logos on the headrests. Subtle, it most certainly is not.
The Red Bull-inspired package also includes much of the gubbins you’ll find on the Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy, including the same 265bhp, two-litre turbo petrol engine, stiffer suspension, limited slip differential, Brembo calipers, 19-inch Steev wheels, an anti-roll bar and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres that helped the Trophy run a record time around the mighty Nurburgring.
The RB8 also includes Renault’s R-Link multimedia tablet and TomTom Live navigation system for keeping you entertained and heading in the right direction (yes, you can have both at once unlike in the standard car) plus the latest R.S. Monitor 2.0 for keeping tabs on the car’s lap times, 0 to 62mph sprints, g-force and other performance-related information.
Renault will announce prices closer to the official launch, although it’s not likely to be anywhere near as expensive as the Red Bull-inspired, £100,000, Infiniti FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition. Keen Renault Megane fans with a few spare pennies can register interest from mid-June until September the 30th, 2013.
*This is a lie.
Renault Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 pictures