Prodrive has announced it is building a brand-new Renault Megane race car for the 2018 FIA World Rallycross grid.
The FIA World Rallycross field is set to gain a new car in 2018 with the arrival of a Prodrive-built Renault Megane.
Yes, there’ll be a new manufacturer racing in World RX next year, with a new Renault Megane being built from the ground up for the series.
We’ll get our first glimpse of the Renault Megane RX Supercar that will compete in World RX in 2018 at this year’s round in Loheac, France, in early September.
It’ll be raced by Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit, who has contested selected World RX rounds over the last two seasons and will do the same in 2017.
Testing of the new Megane RX Supercar will begin this autumn in preparation for its arrival in World RX in 2018.
It’ll be based on the Megane IV and will be designed from scratch for the World RX rules by Prodrive, running a bespoke two-litre turbocharged engine.
So, more good news for the World RX following Audi Sport backing for EKS and DTM champion Timo Scheider the MJP Racing Team Austria outfit.
The Megane will undoubtedly look pretty damn cool in World RX trim too, we can’t wait to see the final car.
Here’s what Prodrive chairman David Richards said on the project:
“It has long been an ambition of ours to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. It is the fastest growing motorsport series in the world and gives us the opportunity to use all our engineering experience to create a car capable of winning the world title. Guerlain is obviously a very talented driver and we look forward to working with him and developing a race car that both he and Renault will be proud of.”
World RX is shaping up nicely for the next few seasons!