The story of the Megane R.S. and the Nurburgring has been going on for over 10 years. It started in 2008, with the very first record in the front-wheel-drive production car category, with the Megane R.S. R26.R completing the lap in 8 minutes 17 seconds. In 2019, the new Renault Megane R.S Trophy-R set a new record on the Nordschleife in the front-wheel-drive production car category.
The car is equipped with the same 223kW 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine as found in the Megane RS Trophy, however is approximately 130kg lighter, has aerodynamic and chassis upgrades and a radical redevelopment of its drive axles. It’s indicated that the car was fitted with an Akrapovič exhaust system, Brembo brakes, Bridgestone tyres, Öhlins shocks, and Sabelt bucket seats.
The 20.600 kilometre lap was completed in 7 minutes 40.1 seconds. This is quicker than the previous time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds achieved by the Honda Civic Type R in 2017. The Trophy-R also completed the whole 20.832 kilometre lap in 7 minutes 45.389 seconds. The Renault Megane R.S Trophy-R makes its first physical appearance at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, with Renault F1 driver’s Daniel Riccardio and Nico Hülkenberg showcasing the car on track.
In Australia, the model will go on sale before the end of 2019, and its production run will be limited to only a few hundred units.