The car that could see the Renault name return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has broken cover after a road-going mock-up appeared in the paddock at Rockingham.

Philip Morgan, father of Clio Cup racer Alex, has commissioned the build of a pair of NGTC-spec Meganes, work on which is already well underway.

While Morgan doesn't intend to run the cars himself, the current plans are to instead lease them out to customer drivers and teams.

Initial plans will see the Megane make use of the Swindon engine seen in a number of cars on the grid, with hopes of running a bespoke Renault unit further down the line.

Testing of the first car is set to take place before the end of the year, with a number of experienced drivers in line to carry out the initial work behind the wheel.

Renault was last represented on the grid back in 2002 when current eBay Motors racer Rob Collard competed in a Clio 172 in the now-defunct Production Class.

The last time the French manufacturer appeared in the 'premier' class came back in 1999 when Jason Plato partnered Jean-Christophe Boullion in the Williams-run factory line-up.

Russell Spence and the late Will Hoy meanwhile shared driving duties in a Laguna privately run by Arena International.



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