Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#UNDER8: When the Mégane R.S. lapped the Nordschleife and set record

Exactly five years ago, on 15 May 2014, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R lapped the Nordschleife in 7:54.36, a then new record for an FWD production car.

The sportiest Mégane had just duly added a 3rd lap record round the Nürburgring's legendary Nordschleife to its impressive list of achievements. The feat was accomplished by an all-new limited-edition model imbued with a radical philosophy: Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.

Using the standard Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy as a starting point, the Trophy-R stripped out 100kg of weight by deleting the back seats, air-condition, rear wiper and almost all the sound deadening. It then added Recaro bucket seats, 19-inch Speedline alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, Ohlins "Road & Track" adjustable dampers, composite front springs, an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, a lithium-ion battery, six-point harnesses and larger but lighter front brake discs.

In the video, you can watch the inside view on the Nordschleife lap record of 7:54.36 set by Renault Sport test driver Laurent Hurgon in the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R on 15 May 2014, and on the official announcement of his outstanding time at the Nürburgring on 16 June.

Source: Renault Sport