Lap times come and lap times go, and this time around, Renault’s MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R has just set a blistering new lap record of 7:40.1 on the 20.6 km Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The previous record in the FWD category was 7:43.8 by Honda’s Civic Type R, back in April 2017. The official whole lap length of the Nürburgring of 20.832 km was completed in 7:45.389.
In the tradition of Renault Sport, this new generation of MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R does not only owe its performance to its pure power, since its 300 hp engine is that of Megane R.S. Trophy, launched in early 2019. The MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R was developed as a racing car in a very short time, by a small dedicated team that operated in agile mode by focusing on three aspects: maximum weight reduction (up to 130 kg compared to the Megane R.S. Trophy excluding options), reworked aerodynamics and a more radical development of its drive axles.
The story of the Megane R.S. and the “Ring” has been going on for more than 10 years. It started in 2008 with the very first record in the front-wheel-drive production car category: Megane R.S. R26.R completed the lap in 8:17’. A time that was shattered 3 years later, in 2011, by the second generation Megane R.S. Trophy version, in the hands of the car’s driver-builder, Laurent Hurgon (8:07.97).
In 2014, it passed under the 8-minute mark (7:54.36) for the first time with the Trophy-R version of the Megane III R.S. He was also the one who drove the latest generation of MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R to set this new reference time, in a chase for records in which gaining every second has become that much harder.
Renault Sport has built on the solid support of privileged partners: Akrapovič for the exhaust system, Brembo for the brakes, Bridgestone for the tyres, Öhlins for the shock absorbers and Sabelt for the bucket seats.
The MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R will be marketed before the end of 2019 as an exclusive limited edition of a few hundred units.