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 has broken the FWD production car lap time at four legendary circuits on three continents in less than a year. With records tumbling at Germany’s Nürburgring, Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, Australia’s Bend Motorsport Park and Japan’s Suzuka, the R.S. Trophy-R showcases how Renault Sport has taken racetrack technology to the road in its latest iconic model.
Renault Sport spirit
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.
A WIZARD IN OZ
When the new Mégane R.S. Trophy-R made its Down Under debut in November, it did so with a bang. Unveiled to the media at South Australia’s Bend Motorsport Park, near-perfect conditions on the day saw the R.S. team make a last-minute decision to attempt a lap record. With Renault-backed Garry Rogers Motorsport TCR Australia driver James Moffat at the wheel, the Trophy-R did not disappoint. Despite having just 15 minutes to prepare and not being in the Record Breaking special edition version of the car, Moffat and the Trophy-R recorded a one-lap flier to break the FWD production record at the 7.7-km circuit with a time of 2:14.316.
AWESOME IN ASIA
Not content with taking FWD lap records in Europe and Australia, Laurent Hurgon and the New Mégane R.S. Trophy-R headed to Asia for a new challenge. That challenge came in the form of an attempt at the FWD lap record at the Suzuka Circuit – Japan’s historic race track with its famed 5.81 km / 3.61 miles figure-eight shape. On November 26, 2019, the now legendary pairing once again smashed the lap record with a time of 2:25.454, taking three seconds off the previous record.