Renaultsport Megane 250 Cup

Meaden's Megane 250 Cup heads off for some trackday fun at the mighty Spa Francorchamps

You may remember that last month I mentioned the Mégane still felt like it needed a bit more running-in. Well, having attended the same excellent Renaultsport trackday at Spa-Francorchamps as Messrs Dobie and Shorrock, I can heartily recommend 20 laps of this ballsy GP circuit as an ideal way to shake off the last vestiges of tightness.

The round trip was a thorough test of the Mégane’s abilities, what with the lengthy motorway and autoroute schlep, coupled with some great roads through the Ardennes and, of course, the lappery itself. I’m pleased to say the hardcore Recaro seats are long-distance comfortable, and the ride – while resolutely firm – is never less than tolerable, even on Belgium’s atrociously potholed autoroutes.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

The 250-300-mile fuel range is a bit tiresome, but the smooth, torquey turbocharged motor strikes a pleasing balance, sounding great when you’re giving it death, but hushed when cruising on a steady throttle opening.

I was careful not to beast the brakes, so they stood up well and feel none the worse for the track action. The 19in Conti tyres coped well too, although having also tried another journo’s long-term Mégane 250 with 18in rims, I have to admit that the more modestly shod car was more amusingly responsive to provocation on track. A short-term wheel swap could be on the cards…

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Read Dobie's report on the Clio 200 Cup's Spa adventure

Running Costs

Date acquiredMay 2010
Total mileage3372
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month1857
MPG this month27.1
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
27 Mar 2020
Visit/porsche/911-turbo/202379/new-porsche-911-turbo-gains-lightweight-and-sport-packages
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Visit/corvette/202016/1200bhp-hennessey-c8-corvette-shown-testing-on-video
Corvette

1200bhp Hennessey C8 Corvette shown testing on video

The C8 Corvette has only just hit showrooms, but Hennessey Performance already has big plans...
26 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019