Renault’s top technicians have enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience with the Megane Trophy V6 at Phillip Island. Held on 8th October 2016, the Phillip Island Circuit was booked exclusively to play host to the Megane Trophy V6, as 15 winners rode shotgun with top Australian rally driver Brendan Reeves.
Watch the Megane Trophy V6 Challenge winners’ hot laps in this scorching video
The incentive program was designed to reward and recognise Renault Australia’s 130 technicians and 50 apprentices – Renault’s “unsung heroes”.
National Service Manager Mark Manns said “The challenge recognises the highest level of achievement and motivates technicians and apprentices to improve their skills and work practices.” A points-based assessment included a technical training test known as EVA, submission of product reports and the quality of technical helpline cases.
Other track activities included an F1 simulator experience, go-karting and a pit-stop challenge.
Megane Trophy V6: True Racing Pedigree
Back in an interview with Motoring in 2013 former V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville claimed it drives much like a Formula 3 car. Built using carbon fibre panels over a tubular steel space frame chassis, the Megane Trophy V6 is lightweight at approximately 980kg. Add the 260kW power from the mid mounted engine along with high levels of downforce, Brendan Reeves took full advantage of the track’s famous high speed corners and gave our top technicians and apprentices a taste of true racing pedigree.
The last public appearance this one-make series vehicle made was during the 2013 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Now officially out of retirement, there’s another special event in November that will give the public a chance to see Renault Sport Australia’s premier race car in action for themselves – so stay tuned.