Record-breaking is in the DNA of New Mégane R.S. Trophy-R, which combines Renault's passion for motorsport, technology and fun into one exciting driving package. True to those genes, the new R.S. Trophy-R – driven by Laurent Hurgon – shattered his previous lap times to set a new FWD Nürburgring record of 7:40.10 in May 2019, and then went on to do it all again a few months later, also taking the fastest lap time for a FWD production car at Belgium's iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit in July with a lap time of 2’48”338. The two records perfectly exemplify the R.S. Spirit that continues to drive us forward.
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Keeping it in the family
The Mégane has a proud history on the “Green Hell” of the Nürburgring’s North Loop, the Nordschleife. In 2008, the Mégane II R.S. R26.R driven by Vincent Bayle broke the lap record in a time of 8:17. Three years later, the Mégane III R.S. 265 Trophy with Laurent Hurgon at the wheel took only 8:07.97 to cover the 20.600km distance. Hurgon broke his own record in 2014 to record a time of 7:54.36 in the Mégane III 275 R.S. Trophy-R, the first time a FWD vehicle had beaten the eight-minute barrier.
FURTHER SUCCESS AT SPA
ANOTHER HISTORIC RECORD
Conquering the Nordschleife was only the start of the R.S. Trophy-R’s stunning summer. While Renault Sport and test driver Laurent Hurgon have created history more than once at the Nürburgring, a new chapter in the company’s legacy was penned at Belgium’s iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit on July 24, 2019. It was on this day that Hurgon and the Trophy-R set a new FWD lap record of 2’48’’338 at the Belgian circuit. The time – five seconds faster than the previous record – not only set a new standard for driving, but also for spectator participation: the lap was seen live by hundreds attending an R.S. Day at the circuit and was also live-streamed across the company’s social media accounts.