This Limited Edition was released to mark the F1 team’s 2012 Constructors’ World title and Sebastian Vettel winning his F1 title too. This Megane ‘Red Bull’ Edition is almost a gift from Renault for the F1 team’s 2012 constructors’ world title win to RenaultSport fans.
This was a real Limited Edition. Just 30 Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8 will make it to the UK, priced at £28,245. This being a slight rise of £2700 over a basic Megane 265 Cup. Sales started from June 2013 to a maximum of Sept 30th 2013.
The 261bhp 2-litre turbo petrol engine remained unchanged, together with the uprated Cup Chassis from the previous Cup Editions, the big standout difference was the unique Twilight blue (or Crépuscule Blue to give it it’s correct name) paintwork and edition decals. All cars were numbered on the door sill. It was to be a worldwide edition of just 815 cars.
Inside, it came with a number of exclusive features, including the Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminium sill guards and carpet mats. The same logo appearing on the head rests of the Recaro seats which are trimmed in, then new leather/fabric upholstery.
So why feature it here? Well, think of a Clio Williams, made and later sold (unfortunately) in large numbers, with most being used and abused… but it had that F1 connection and later has become highly collectable. This edition also starts with a great car from an era of near perfect Megane RS & RenaultSport editions, the R26R was the pinnacle down the standard Megane Sport, they all had what was required. Another to be featured soon will be the Megane RS Trophy-R, one of only 30 UK cars. Like that, this just ticks that box for being so rare.
So of the 30 UK cars initially marketed, It’s thought only 29 were ever registered and one kept by from new by Renault UK. It’s believed only 26 exist today. I know of a few that have add a track life, including one that is CAT registered too. However, I’m more gathering the numbers of all the UK cars that were made.
At present I have 29 cars, either a combination of the date of registration, edition number or number plate. So a little help is required to get the information accurate. If you have one or know of one, let me know.
Also, trying to track down any numbers of the RHD cars of the world. Only 50 were released in South Africa. With Australia receiving 120. Asia countries including Malaysia were to receive 25 cars. All these being RHD. Still on the search for others… Four cars went to New Zealand, its believed 2 from the Aussie quota now reside there as well.
The edition numbers were quite random. No real pattern has formed when collecting them. South Africa seem to be higher numbers, 450+ while Australia seem to be mid 300-450 figures but so do LHD cars from North European countries, so not sure how they were issued.
The owner of No 532 recently got in touch and told me how he’d bought the car and did I have any history of the car, well here we go…
Let me know your car, I may have some photos or history of it.
In total 26 countries were issued with these Limited Edition cars.
Ok, Here are some of the UK numbers;
No 11 / No 57 / No 62 / No 714 / No 760 / No 23 / No 822 / No721 / No 133 / No 780 / No 19 / No 13 / No 761 / No 99 / No 532 / No 14 / No 705 / No 749 / No 77 / No 760 – and that’s so far…
Help if you can with your number edition, it must be linked to a number plate. This will be kept private.
There is also a different “red Bull’ edition in some countries, it doesn’t quite the same original spec as this edition.
*** Lots More to Come… Do you have one? Get in touch…!
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