Renault’s new Megane R.S. Trophy-R, a new version in a lineage that began 15 years ago, has recaptured its title of fastest front-wheel drive production car on the 20.6-km Nordschleife at Nurburgring. The record time of 7 minutes 40.1 seconds beats – by 3.7 seconds – the time set by the Honda Civic Type R two years ago.
The Megane R.S. Trophy-R is equipped with the same 300 bhp engine as the Megane R.S. Trophy and owes its increased speed to weight reduction (up to 130 kgs), improved aerodynamics and the more radical development of its chassis for improved handling. It will be available for purchase before the end of 2019 but only as an exclusive limited edition of a few hundred units only.
Before then, it will have its public debut on May 24 as part of the run-up to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco with drivers from the Renault F1 Team – Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg -behind the wheel.
Tuned specially for the track
In the tradition of Renault Sport, this new generation of the Megane R.S. Trophy-R does not only owe its performance to its pure power. It was tuned for the track by a small, dedicated team focusing on three aspects – maximum weight reduction, 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 lap record in the front-wheel-drive production car category using the Megane R.S. R26.R which completed a lap in 8 minutes 17 seconds. That record was broken 3 years later in 2011 by the second generation of the model.
In 2014, it stopped the lap-timer in less than 8 minutes (7 minutes 54.36 seconds) for the first time with the Trophy-R version of the Megane III R.S. Laurent Hurgon, who set this new record time, noted that gaining every second had become that much harder in the quest to set new records.