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Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Crowned The New FWD Nurburgring King

  • The Megane R.S. Trophy-R set a time of 7.40.10.
  • Retains 304PS engine but gets aero improvements.
  • Renault Sport has shaved off 130kg off the hot-hatch.
  • Megane R.S. Trophy-R Set to be launched as a track-only car by the end of 2019.
  • Will be limited to a few hundred units.

The Clubsport S and the 2017 Honda Civic Type-R. That record stood until April this year.

On April 5, Renault Sport created history in the war between high-performance hot-hatches at the Nurburgring. The new Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R, with Laurent Hurgon at the helm again, has set a new FWD Nurburgring lap record of 7:40.100 on the 20.6km lap of the Nordschleife. This shattered the previous record held by the Civic Type-R by a whopping 3.7 seconds.

You can check the record breaking lap of the Megane R.S. Trophy-R below:

Pos

Car

Lap time (20.600km)

1

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

7:40.10

2

2017 Honda Civic Type-R

7:43.80

3

2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S

7:47.21

4

2014 Honda Civic Type-R

7:50.63

5

Renault Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R

7:54.36

This record-breaking speed of the new Megane R.S. Trophy-R is not because of an explosive increase in power. The new Megane retains the same 304PS engine of the Megane R.S. Trophy. But Renault has shaved off 130kg off the hatchback while reworking aerodynamics and improving the driveshaft. In addition to this, Trophy R gets new brakes from Brembo, new stickier tyres from Bridgestone, lighter bucket seats seats from Sabelt, improved dampers from Ohlins and a lighter and improved exhaust from Akrapovic.

The Megane R.S. Trophy-R will be launched as a track-only car by the end of 2019 with a limited production run of a few hundred units. The record-breaking hot hatch will makes its public debut alongside Renault's F1 drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg, on Friday, 24 May 2019 during the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix weekend.



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