Seems like new supercars and drivers are claiming new records almost as fast as they can zip around Nürburgring! Renault Sport is the latest to edge in under previous laptimes, hitting a new record of 7 minutes and 54.36 second. This is the third time Renault Sport has set a Nordschleife record, an impressive feat! Previous accomplishments were achieved in 2008 with the Megane R26.R and in 2011 with the Megane R.S. Trophy. This also beats out Seat’s Leon Cupra, which had held a 7 minute and 58.4 second record.
So what did they use to reach their latest speedy heights? The Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R, which is now the fastest front-wheel drive production vehicle to have lapped Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. What’s so special about this model? Let’s take a good look!
First, the important stats: The Trophy-R has a 2.0 liter turbo engine with 271bhp and weighs in at a mere 1280kg—a full 100kg less than the regular Trophy model. It’s optimized for better performance and handling with an absent rear bench, removed air-conditioning, no radio, and reduced insulation materials (all of which can be added back in per buyer preference). A performance braking kit and lithium-ion battery come with this two-seater, alongside front composite spring, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, one-way adjustable dampeners, and custom-fit Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The chassis is a polycarbonate composite.
A number of cosmetic fine-tunings are also found in the two-tone paint job, and the wheels being available in both black and red—which coincide with the front splitter and decals.
Renault Sport Technologies states that the new laptime—a 14 second boost to their last—is a result of unparalleled engineering as well as exhaustive testing throughout France, Spain, and Germany before the model took to the track. 250 production models are planned at this time and will go on sale in 15 countries. Depending on market response, buyers might be able to purchase the exact model version that set the latest record!