Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R 7:54.36 Nurburgring Northloop FWD Lap Record

Not many cars can lap the Nurburgring North Loop (aka Nordschleife) in under 8 minutes, especially not teeny-tiny little front-wheel-drive hot hatches.  A few months ago, the Seat Leon Cupra 280 did it in 7:58.4, setting a new ‘Ring lap record for a front-wheel-drive car.  The previous record holder, Renault, was understandably miffed.  So, the plucky French carmaker came back for a Megane record Nurburgring lap.  What Megane?  Why a Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, of course.

 

It seems that more than 103 octane racing gas, nothing fuels a Renault Megane record Nurburgring lap like the desire for vengeance.  This particular Megane record Nurburgring lap was a doozy at a blistering 7:54.36… Imagine all of the torque-steer from the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter, 275 horse Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R.

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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R Interior

 

This sub-eight-minute Megane record Nurburgring lap serves as somewhat of a introduction-by-fire for the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which is Renault’s latest flag-ship performance hot-hatch.  In addition to the 275 horse powerplaint, the 275 Trohpy-R gets the famous Renault Cup chassis, a limited-slip differential, adjustable Öhlins dampers, very sticky Michelin Pilor Sport Cup 2 tires, a titanium Akrapovic (gesundheit!) exhaust, big aluminum and steel brake discs, Recaro racing seats with six-point harnesses and brightly colored, ever-so-subtle trim.

 

A diet of a few hundred pounds or so certainly helped get this latest Megane record Nurburgring lap off to a good start.  Correction… not just a good start… the Renault Megane RS2 75 Trophy-R is 14 seconds faster than the previous Megane RS Trophy ‘Ring lap and almost exactly four seconds better than the little Seat.

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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R on the Nurburgring

I love hot-hatches.  I had a 2006 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works for a number of years, and I still really miss it.  So, I’m kinda’ sad that, while Renault will build 250 Megane RS275 Trophy-Rs, none will reach US shores (at least not without a huge hassle and huger wallet).  Either way, the video below of the über Megan record Nurburgring lap is a blast.  Who doesn’t love a Megane record Nurburgring Lap? For more info on the  Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, visit Renault, here and the press release below.

Renault Megane Record Nurburgring Lap Press Release

Renault Megane 275 R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record Press Release

Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

June 16, 2014 7m54.36s: new lap record at the Nürburgring for Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R

#Under8… Renault Sport vowed it would be done, and the sportiest Mégane has duly added a third 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. * 7m54.36s: That is the new lap record for the Nürburgring’s iconic north loop – the fearsome Nordschleife – set by Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R in the category for two wheel-drive production vehicles. * 2: The number of seats in Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R. * 250: The number of examples of this (ultra) limited-edition series that will go on sale in some 15 countries. Depending on market, a ‘record’-specification version of the model will be available from the start of orders. Order books for Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R will open soon in France.

Having established records with Mégane R26.R in 2008 and Mégane R.S. Trophy in 2011, the engineers at Renault Sport were not content to rest upon their laurels. With a lap time of 7m54.36s, Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R engraved its name and performance potential in the Nürburgring’s history books right from its very first official outing.

 

Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

A radical limited-edition, ideal for circuit use Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is a two-seater derivative of the recently-introduced Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy.

This exclusive new Renault Sport limited-edition benefits from ultra-sporty features inherited from the brand’s racing activities, while a loss of almost 100 kilograms has resulted in enhanced performance.

Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, ‘Öhlins RoadTrack’ one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.

Whilst Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R manages without rear seats, in the front can be found Recaro Pôle Position polycarbonate monocoque seats, which yield a weight saving of 42 kilograms. These are fitted with a three-point seat belt, but a six-point harness with aviation-style buckle is available as an accessory. A retention beam and safety nets protect passengers from moving luggage. For track-day fans eager to gain several vital seconds over the course of a lap, the use of a lithium-ion battery trims the overall weight by another 16 kilograms.

To ensure high-performance braking whilst at the same time contributing to the weight-shedding effort, Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R benefits from a special braking kit. Its 350/28-diameter steel and aluminium discs bring the car’s weight down by a further three kilograms. Ideally adapted to intensive circuit use, these Renault Sport-etched brakes endow the vehicle with a sharper bite.

Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

An ultra-sporty stance On the outside, Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R sports a new two-tone colour scheme, with an Etoilé Black roof mated with a Pearlescent White finish (optional). The Trophy-R branded F1-type front blade, chequered flag graphic at the bottom of the front doors and graphics on the side of the car are all picked out in Vif Red. Finished off with 19-inch black or red Speedline wheel rims, this is a vehicle that sets itself apart as much on the circuit as on the open road.

The exclusivity of Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R similarly stands out in details like its Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake bellows, leather gearshift knob and red seatbelts which match the visible stitching of the seats and steering wheel.

 

Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

7m54.36s: A new record eloquent of Renault Sport’s expertise Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R benefits from the experience acquired by Renault’s engine and chassis engineers in motorsport – from rallying to Formula 1.

This 14-seconds improvement on the previous record set by Mégane R.S. Trophy in 2011 was achieved thanks to the commitment of the teams at Renault Sport Technologies and their partners.

Hundreds of hours of prior testing were conducted in France, Spain and Germany to optimise the development of this limited-edition model that boasts exceptional on-road dynamics.

The new lap record established by Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R underscores once again the knowhow and expertise of the specialists at Renault Sport Technologies when it comes to designing outstanding affordable sporting cars.

Megane Record Nurburgring Lap in Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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  1. Francaise uber alles!!

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