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Jeremy Townsend

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I look after the Renaultsport road car activities for the UK. I've been with Renault for over 10 years and have been in the industry for 25 years (gulp..). We hold regular trackdays, factory visits and events where all Renaultsport owners can get together and where there's a range of cars to try. I look forward to seeing you at the next one.

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Allen Collen

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Allen Collen has worked within the motor industry for the past 20 years. Starting at the ground and working up he has developed a wide appreciation for what is required and what can be achieved. Currently Allen works with RUK looking after the technical aspects of their Motorsport programs as well as providing technical support for special projects and other bespoke activities.

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megane gtnav

Hi Jeremy, I currently have the RenaultSport GT nav Megane 2016, it has the stop-start (which I will eventually master- although at the moment I stop and the engine turns off then when I put the handbrake on , the engine restarts so I sit there then with the engine running) but I was always under the idea that you had to let the turbo 'spin out' before stopping the engine, so is the stop-start feature ok to run with todays turbo or is it just me being old?

bobby boy, 3rd May 2017

megane gtnav

Hi - the system will not switch the engine off if it determines it's necessary to stay running for technical reasons, such as concern you. When you come to a halt with the brake pedal, if you apply the handbrake without the system fully engaging, the engine will restart. Try stopping with the brake pedal, keep the pedal depressed with the same pressure, apply the handbrake and wait for the handbrake warning light to illuminate. Once that's fully engaged, when you release the foot pedal, the engine should remain off

jeremytownsend.jpg Jeremy Townsend, 3rd May 2017

renaultsport megane

Hi, when can we see some official pictures of the forthcoming Megane RS, I currently have the GTnav, but i am awaiting more info on the RS and when will it be on sale in the UK. Thank you.

bobby boy, 30th Apr 2017

renaultsport megane

Hi - in September and it will go on sale in the UK in early 2018

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R26 f1 quantity

Hi jeremy do you know how many 230bhp r26 f1's were made my car is number 3080 on the tag and its an r26 f1 on the logbook but theres info online sayin there was less than 3000 made any info would be much appreciated cheers aaron

Aaron, 27th Apr 2017

R26 f1 quantity

Hi - 3,739 in total

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Clio4RS Gearbox

Why does my gearbox change down automatically in manual mode? I mean change to 3rd, pick up the throttle slowly all the way to the floor and wham it changes into 2nd. That isn't the point of manual mode. If I have it in manual I expect manual control. When the engine is stone cold, why does it rev out in auto mode? Shouldn't the electronics protect the engine when cold? Why does the auto box hang for ages before changing up? Why is the auto gearbox so slow? Why does the normal auto mode insist on doing over 50mph in 4th? Shouldn't it be in 6th by then? Why are there only 2 auto modes? Where is eco mode? Why can't I enable hyper mile-ing in normal mode? Why can't I configure the modes how I like them if were only going to have the 2. Why in auto mode does it change down when I turn in? I don't want it to do that. Why can't I turn that off in normal and sport but leave it on in say a sport+ mode (if there was one). Why does the radio forget that it was muted? Why does the screen not switch off? (leaves the backlight on) Why does the screen go to full brightness at night when the engine is turned off? Why do I have to start the engine to wind a window down? I've never ever owned a car that needed the engine on to wind a window down - madness. Why has my auto gearbox got stuck in neutral at standstill and Renault aren't interested in it? It was tres embarresment and is definitely a fault. Why do the interior colours not match? Why does the car phone go off if you turn the entertainment system off? Surely the system should go into standby but still boot if a call comes in! How can I turn off the function the turns the music off when I open a door? In fact, where are the setup options as I can't find any? Why is the fuel tank so small when it is so bad on fuel? Why does it do less MPG then my 172 Cup? Why are the most important controls on the wrong side? The most disappointing car I've ever owned. There is more ...

Paul Hearne, 27th Apr 2017

Clio4RS Gearbox

Why does my gearbox change down automatically in manual mode? I mean change to 3rd, pick up the throttle slowly all the way to the floor and wham it changes into 2nd. That isn't the point of manual mode. If I have it in manual I expect manual control. In Race mode, you will have completely manual control. The only time it will change automatically is to avoid stalling When the engine is stone cold, why does it rev out in auto mode? Shouldn't the electronics protect the engine when cold? No, it will do this in a manual car too Why does the auto box hang for ages before changing up? Why is the auto gearbox so slow? Why does the normal auto mode insist on doing over 50mph in 4th? Shouldn't it be in 6th by then? You can select 6th manually Why are there only 2 auto modes? There are three: standard, sport and race Where is eco mode? It doesn't have a specific economy mode other than the standard map Why can't I enable hyper mile-ing in normal mode? Not sure what you mean by this Why can't I configure the modes how I like them if were only going to have the 2. Why in auto mode does it change down when I turn in? I don't want it to do that. Then drive it in manual mode so that you can choose what gear you want Why can't I turn that off in normal and sport but leave it on in say a sport+ mode (if there was one). Not sure what you mean by this Why does the radio forget that it was muted? It will not remember that it was muted once you turn the engine off. If you want it to do this, turn the volume down to nil. Why does the screen not switch off? (leaves the backlight on) Why does the screen go to full brightness at night when the engine is turned off? Why do I have to start the engine to wind a window down? I've never ever owned a car that needed the engine on to wind a window down - madness. A brief press on the start button will engage the electrics Why has my auto gearbox got stuck in neutral at standstill and Renault aren't interested in it? It was tres embarresment and is definitely a fault. Why do the interior colours not match? Why does the car phone go off if you turn the entertainment system off? Surely the system should go into standby but still boot if a call comes in! How can I turn off the function the turns the music off when I open a door? You can't In fact, where are the setup options as I can't find any? Why is the fuel tank so small when it is so bad on fuel? Why does it do less MPG then my 172 Cup? Why are the most important controls on the wrong side?

jeremytownsend.jpg Jeremy Townsend, 27th Apr 2017

Megane nav 275 leather recaro rattle

Hi, I was wondering if you could help me solve the rattle in the passenger (left side) recaro. It doesnt happen if i have a passenger sitting in the seat just if its empty. I thought it was the hard cable under the seat but i cable tied it down and it still does it. It is really annoying!

Aaron Vance, 26th Apr 2017

Megane nav 275 leather recaro rattle

Hi Aaron - I think a Renault dealership needs to have a look for you

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Renault Twingo RS - Cup chassis?

Hi, please can you tell me whether GV12 WMY came with the Cup Chassis? Thanks.

Dan, 19th Apr 2017

Renault Twingo RS - Cup chassis?

Hi - no it didn't

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Megane RS265

Hi, I have recently brought a lovely RS Megane, but 2nd gear seems to crunch but gets better when car is warmed or revved to about 4k before changing up. Car has only done 9k miles and is a 2014 year model. Is this a known problem and will it be covered under Renaults warranty? Regards David

David Hales, 19th Apr 2017

Megane RS265

Hi David - a Renault dealership needs to have a look for you to diagnose and confirm the situation

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Cup Chassis (2)

Hi, I bought a megane rs250 and it has red calipers, grooved discs and ax-l wheels but just wondering if you can confirm if it has a cup chassis? reg kv12gwo cheers

Scott, 17th Apr 2017

Cup Chassis (2)

Can you email the chassis number to renaultsport@renault.co.uk for us to check

jeremytownsend.jpg Jeremy Townsend, 17th Apr 2017