Renault Megane Nurburgring FWD Record


At its debut at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, the new Renault Megane RS 256 Trophy sets a new lap time record for FWD (front-wheel-drive) cars at 8 minutes 8 seconds, and claims the crown for the fastest hot hatch on the market today. That is 9 seconds faster than the previosu record set by the Megane R26.R in 2008.

AS a beefed up version of the Megane 250, the car features a turbocharged four-banger that churns out 265 hp and that gives it a top speed of 158 mph. It is a fantastically well-sorted car and can be obtained for under 30,000 euros. But it has a limited production number.

The new limited edition version of Megane Renault Sport – establish a new benchmark time for a production-specification front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring’s infamous Nordschleife. This performance beats the attempts of several far more powerful, rear-wheel drive cars.

Megane R.S. Trophy Renault Megane Nurburgring FWD Record

Read the story of this record breaking run below:

An exploit that has ‘shortened’ the Nordschleife…

Renault Sport established its first lap record  for a front-wheel drive production car at the Nordschleife on June 23, 2008. The time of 8m17s posted that day by Megane R26.R. demonstrated that a showroom-specification front-wheel drive car could beat many models produced by some elite specialist brands and tuners. On June 17, 2011, it was the turn of Megane R.S. Trophy – a new limited-edition version of Megane R.S. – to beat the time by 9 seconds, a lap record that has stood for three years in the firm grasp of its predecessor.

Today’s lap time is the fruit of an increase in power output to 265hp, along with careful set-up work and a tyre choice optimised by Renault Sport engineers. This limited edition version reveals the exceptional performance potential of Megane R.S.

The latest achievement speaks volumes for Renault’s ability to dial the expertise and experience it has forged in motorsport – including Formula 1 – into its production cars. Indeed, Megane R.S. Trophy has benefited directly from all the domains in which Renault Sport excels,  from design quality and exacting reliability, to painstakingly tuned engines, chassis and brakes.

Supercar performance… for a much wider audience of enthusiasts

The time posted at the Nurburgring puts Megane R.S. on a par with an extremely prestigious list of supercars. Megane R.S Trophy provides access to a level of performance which rivals that of exclusive cars with power outputs of up to and beyond 500hp.

Laurent Hurgon (development driver, Renault Sport):

“The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from fast and even very fast in places to much twistier and slower portions. Turns like ‘Karusell’ and ‘Pflanzgarten’, for example, make huge demands of the car and driver alike, yet Megane R.S. Trophy is very much in its element here and feels particularly reassuring despite the uncompromising nature of the terrain. The limited slip differential allowed me to accelerate hard out of the countless turns without understeer. The carefully-tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 195kW engine, the ready availability of torque between 2,500 and 5,000rpm and the car’s Bridgestone RE 050A (235/35 R19) tyres allowed me to make the most of the car’s enormous potential, especially into and out of the corners. It is this package which enabled me to post such a quick time round this circuit which you must always approach with a certain degree of humility.”

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