1997 `P` Renault Megane Coupe 2.0 16v Track Car "MEGAN"

1997 `P` Renault Megane Coupe 2.0 16v Track Car "MEGAN"

Colour: Sunflower Yellow

    With 150 BHP as standard these early Megane coupes were really sought after as they used the Renault F7R engine. 

    The F7R engine is used in Renault Clio Williams, Megane Coupe and Renault Sport Spider. The engine was created because displacement limit for FIA World Rally Championship Group A was 2000 cc and more power could be extracted from F7P (1764cc) engine with more capacity.

    Differences between F7P (1.8L 16V) and F7R include increased capacity to 1998 cc, bigger valves, more aggressive cam profile, different crank, larger piston bore (82.7mm compared to F7P of 82.0mm), longer stroke (93.0mm compared to 83.50mm) different exhaust manifold, oil cooler, etc. All this results in more low-down torque and more power. Also F7R is coupled to uprated gearbox (JC5) instead of JB3(1.8 16V). Highly tuned F7R engine was used in Renault's rally car Clio Williams Maxi with power output ranging from 250 to 275 bhp (205 kW). This version was coupled with Sadev 6-speed manual or 7-speed Hewland sequential gearbox (stock Williams 5-speed manual). Later evolutions of rally engine had destroked crankshaft with 90 mm (3.5 in) stroke and 84 mm (3.3 in) bore diameter to keep the 1998 cc capacity.

    This Engine was also used in BTCC Williams Renault Laguna. Engine was heavily modified by Sodemo and produced up to 320hp (Naturally aspirated).

    This particular engine is low mileage and been serviced using the best oils all of its life and has been fitted with a Pipercross Race filter and has a straight through exhaust for better breathing. There is a de-cat pipe (Not fitted at moment) so this will produce around 160 BHP with bags of torque. 

    A fantastic and revvy four cylinder that sounds amazing especially when you let her off the leash and open her up.


    Finished in eye catching Renault 377 Sunflower yellow this car attracts attention like a lighthouse on a misty day. It is such a nice colour for these cars and really highlights the beautiful shape of the early Megane Coupe.

    We all like to call our cars names and "Megan" is no exception, she has character in keeping with the kind of cars we love here at 99 octane Specialist cars, She is raw, she is quick, she is sporty , she is getting on in years and becoming a classic and she most definately never fails to make you smile. her sunroof has been removed, plated over and sealed for no leaks and light weight, Her arches have been trimmed for bigger tyres for more grip. Her bonnet is secured by by bonnet pins and she is free from any corrosion or nasty dents. She wears her age very well. think of her as the aging movie star who keeps active and fit by being so sporty and as she gets older her face seems to get better looking. 


    She doesnt have one....

    She has 2 blue OMP Motorsport seats that are in perfect condition, A Suede OMP 3 Spoke deep dish Motorsport Steering wheel, a twin USB port on the rear Bulkhead for a GoPro or similar,  A dashboard ,a gearstick, a fire extinguisher and not a whole lot else.

    In this car the focal point is to get in and drive.....and drive again because you will not want to put her back in the garage. 


    As the late Lotus founder Colin Chapman would always say, weight is the enemy of a drivers car, This car follows that ethos and it shows in the way she goes, stops and handles.

    With perfectly weighted hydraulic power steering , you get feel through your fingertips in corners that you just do not get with a modern cars electric power steering. Megan reacts like a whippet chasing a cat, she is instictive but she is poised. She tells you that she knows what she is doing....

    Her performance is suprising, just when you think she is running out of breath she pulls harder right up to 6500 revs when she is now really motoring. 4th gear feels like 2nd she has oodles of performance in every gear.

    She is harsh over broken roads as her suspension is setup for track use but she is not undrivable, she just needs coaxing along at 8/10ths safe in the knowledge that she is not at the peak of her abilities.

    She has reserves that can be extracted on the right roads...


    At £265 per year it is not a lot to pay when you consider how much fun you will be having


    This has 4 nearly new (less than 1000 miles) matching Nankang NS2R Track day/Road tyres that have outstanding levels of adhesion.

    These tyres are very highly rated and are the tyre that is used in a lot of race championships as they are brilliant wet or dry.

    As per all track type tyres they are not perfect in standing puddles but fine if the roads are just wet.

    Front drivers = 4mm

    Front passenger = 4mm

    Rear Drivers = 5mm

    Rear Passenger = 5mm

    The wheels are excellent condition Megane Coupe Alloys finished in Appliance White but showing a little ground in brake dust.

    They are functional and have no damage or cracks and suit the car perfectly.


    Her extras have become un-extras as her sunroof has been removed and she has no radio fitted although we do have her radio but you will not hear it.


    Owned by us for over 5 years and now available for sale she has a folder full of receipts and every single previous MOT.

    Megan has been pampered throughout her life.

    She has a stamped service book and been treat with respect and love throughtout hence why she hides her age so well.

    Her body is rot free and her engine with only 67,000 miles is as fresh as an April Lamb.

    She has been used on the track, but only once, when she visited Donnington in 2015 ,She was warmed up correctly and cooled down in the right way since it was me writing this who built her and me who used her on her only track outing. She has never been over revved or abused and she has never had any bodywork damage and is HPI clear.


    She has Apex lowered and uprated shocks and springs at the front with a full alignment check so she tracks arrow straight.

    She was fitted with new track rods and ball joints less than 1000 miles ago.

    At Megans rear, she has been fitted with a rebuilt and uprated rear beam from a Megane race car with uprated Apex shocks.

    She is firm, she is stiff, but she is sooo reactive.

    She pivots around her centre like the finest ballet dancer and yes she will use her rear to help her in corners.

    She has zero understeer, she grips like plankton to a whale...

    Will she provide lift off oversteer, yes she will, she is fun but she is obediant, if she steps out of line , she always comes back with a prod of her throttle and a little opposite lock.

    She is a playful little puppy but she will do as she is told...


    The secret weapon in her armoury, Megans brakes are right up there with the very best.

    She has been treated to new calipers front and rear with EBC drilled and uprated discs and Mintex 1144 high performance pads, Braided and upgraded brake lines and Castrol SRF racing brake fluid.

    An exclusive European formula with an exceptionally high boiling point and superior anti-vapor lock characteristics;Superior braking during arduous conditions like racing and rallying;Typical wet boiling point is 270deg. C;Typical dry boiling point is 310deg

    The compressibility of Castrol React SRF Racing is very similar to that of current DOT 3 and DOT 4 fluids. It can therefore be filled into any braking system used in motor sport with the exception of those for which a mineral oil is prescribed. It gives a “hard pedal” feel.

    Sufice to say this gives this little lady some serious stopping power. Because of her light weight and poised front end and sticky tyres and ABS, there are not many front drive cars that will out brake her.

    At donnington there was zero fade and she was stopping as quick as some of the race cars on track.

    People sometimes call brakes the Anchors ,In Megan it certainly feels like them.


    The Renault Mégane is a small family car produced by the French manufacturer Renault since 1995, and was the successor to the Renault 19. The Mégane has been offered in three and five door hatchback, saloon, coupé, convertible and estate bodystyles at various points in its lifetime, and has been through three generations.

    Development of the X64 began in the beginning of 1990, with the first sketches of X64 programme being drawn during the first six months of 1990. Very quickly, several themes were outlined and developed into four small scale (1/5) models by September 1990.

    The designs retained were developed around four themes. Theme A: a six light version, evoking the Laguna; Theme B: a model with markedly cuneiform line; Theme C: another design with ellipse shaped glasswork and rear notch; Theme D: a model with the same elliptical glazing and rounded rear.

    In March 1991, all four styling proposals were developed into full scale (1:1). Theme C by Michel Jardin was chosen by Le Quement and frozen for production in April 1992. The first prototypes were built and presented to management in December 1992. Approximately 432 prototypes were built (at Rueil assembly) and destroyed during development.

    In June 1993, Renault purchased production tooling for the X64, with the first test unit being assembled at the Douai plant in October 1994, and pre production units being constructed from December 1994 to the middle of 1995.

    The Mégane I was unveiled in September 1995, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as a replacement for the Renault 19. The car was essentially a reskin of its predecessor, and carried over the 19's floorpan, engines, transmissions and chassis design, albeit with much modification.

    Taking its name from a Renault concept car shown in 1988, the Mégane further developed the new corporate styling theme introduced by Patrick Le Quément on the Laguna, most notably the "bird beak" front grille – a styling cue borrowed from the Renault 16 of the 1960s.

    As with the 19 and the 11 before it, the Mégane was produced at Renault's Douai plant in northern France starting in July 1995, and at the Spanish plant of Palencia. Market launch began on 15 November 1995 in France, and 15 December 1995 for the coupé. Sales in the United Kingdom commenced in April 1996.

    Safety was a key focus of the Megane I, Renault's first car reflecting their new focus of selling on safety. It featured a pillar mounted three point seatbelt for the middle rear occupant (replacing the common 'lap strap'), standard front belt pre tensioners and load limiters, driver's airbag (passenger airbag from 1996) and an impressive[according to whom?] safety structure – a specification ahead of most rivals in 1995.

    Some features, such as the three point middle belt, had debuted on the Renault 19 safety concept vehicle (and this feature entered production on the Renault Laguna before the Megane). The car also benefited from Renault's first "System for Restraint and Protection" (SRP), essentially a system of careful optimisation of occupant restraint by interaction of the seat, seatbelt, pretensioner, load limiter and airbag. The Megane I achieved a best in class four star crash test rating in the 1998 round of testing by Euro NCAP.

    November 1996 saw the introduction of the Mégane Scénic compact MPV.

    Power came from the Renault E type ("Energy") engine in 1.4 L and 1.6 L, and the F-type unit in both 1.9 L diesel and 2.0 L petrol forms, although this time around there was a wider variety of 16 valve derivatives. A 1.9 L diesel engine in both normally aspirated and turbocharged forms was also available.

    Renault also produced a limited number of Renault sport edition Phase 1's with the Renaultsport bodywork; however, these were very rare. The Renaultsport kit was available to purchase for a short time direct from Renault France, but has now been discontinued, thus their value has increased.

    The estate version of the original Mégane was only available in LHD form, with no RHD variants being built, this could be due to the greater popularity of the Scenic in those markets. It was added with the facelift of 1999.

    In Japan, Renault was formerly licensed by Yanase Co., Ltd., but in 1999 Renault acquired a stake in Japanese automaker Nissan. As a result of Renault's purchase, Yanase canceled its licensing contract for all Renault models sold in Japan, including, but not limited to, the Mégane I, in 2000, and Nissan took over as the sole licensee for Renault cars.