Renault will unveil their new Megane Trophy racer at this month’s Paris Motor Show.

Continuing the sporting tradition of the Renault 5 Turbo, Alpine, Spider and Clio V6, the Mégane Trophy is set to take to the grid in 2005.

Renault designers have taken the Mégane Renaultsport 225 and refined its lines to come up with a silhouette racer resembling the awesome German touring cars. It’s bodywork – lowered by 10 centimetres – widened wheel arches and rear diffuser combine to give the 155mph plus Mégane Trophy a powerful stance.

Renaultsport’s latest offering features a tubular chassis, mid-engined V6 powerplant and semi-automatic gearbox.

The 3.5-litre V6 engine fitted to Espace and Vel Satis powers the Mégane Trophy but in this case, the unit develops more than 320hp and features semi dry sump lubrication.

The Megane’s electronic control system is by Magneti-Marelli and covers all engine, gearbox and automatic clutch management functions plus the data acquisition required by race drivers and engineers.

Driveability is also enhanced by the specially-designed Michelin tyres, while stopping power comes courtesy of ventilated discs with six-pot callipers at the front and four-pot at the rear.

Next spring, around 30 Mégane Trophy racers will feature in a championship covering eight European race meetings with two races at most venues.

After its unveiling on the Renault Compétition stand of the Paris Motor Show, the Mégane Trophy will be given an initial shakedown at the end of October before the first development tests get underway in November.