The MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R, in the front-wheel-drive production-car category, sets a new record of 2’48’’338 (more than 5s better than the previous record) on the mythical Spa-Francorchamps circuit as part of R.S. Days, after its against-the-clock record on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife track. Notably, this record was broadcast live on the social networks of Renault Sport, in the opening of the 5th round of Formula Renault Eurocup.
Patrice RATTI, Renault Sport Cars General Manager:
The new MÉGANE R.S. Trophy-R has set a new record in its category, this time at Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most demanding circuits in the world. A record all the better for being set in front of a community of enthusiasts as part of R.S. Days. Just the performance, the closeness between the driver at work and the fans, a beautiful sharing of information and passion: this is the attitude that permeates the development of our cars and the very special relationship with our community.
In the tradition of Renault Sport, this new generation of MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R owes its performance to its pure power, since its 300 hp engine is that of the Mégane R.S. Trophy, launched in early 2019. The MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R was developed as a racing car in a very short time, by a small dedicated team that focused on three aspects: maximum weight reduction (up to 130 kg compared to the Mégane R.S. Trophy excluding options), reworked aerodynamics and a more radical development of its drive axles.
In line with the record set at the Nürburgring, Renault Sport's passion for the sport has led to new challenges, such as the one at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which was the highlight of the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa race. The New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R set a new absolute official record and a reference time for a production city-car on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The record on the Belgian circuit was broken during R.S. Days, in front of the fans, at 11:55 on 24 July, 2019.
At the wheel of his Mégane R.S. Trophy-R, Laurent Hurgon, holders of multiple records driving different generations of the car on the Nürburgring circuit:
I am, once again, really proud and delighted. Spa-Francorchamps is one of the favourite European circuits for drivers. It is very fast and complex and the car is perfect for this configuration. The work done on the aerodynamic balance takes all its value. The sensations in the Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont corners are really excellent. What a pleasure!
Beyond the fans present on site, the record was followed live by the entire Renault Sport community on its social networks. An outstanding initiative and virtually unprecedented throughout the industry.
These R.S. Days were held around a Formula Renault Eurocup event on the “Toboggan of the Ardennes” as it is nicknamed, one of the most beautiful circuits in the world with its series of mythical curves such as the Raidillon de l'Eau Rouge. It was the opportunity to (re)discover Renault Sport models of yesterday and today, and also to have exclusive meetings with experts and drivers of the various championships. It’s the ultimate expression of the “from track to road” principle, with customer events that perfectly complement race weekends. The owners of R.S. models were able to drive on the track between two test sessions. They were also able to meet Laurent Hurgon who is always happy to share his passion with fans up close. And to make the experience last, Renault Sport has created a distinctive TROPHY-R textile line on sale for the event, also available on the site www.renaultsport.com
The story of the Mégane R.S. and its records has been going on for more than 10 years, notably on the Nürburgring circuit. It started in 2008 with the very first record in the front-wheel-drive production car category: The Mégane R.S. R26.R completed the Nordschleife lap in 8'17'. A time that was shattered 3 years later, in 2011, by the second generation Mégane R.S. Trophy version, in the hands of the car's driver-builder, Laurent Hurgon (8'07''97). In 2014, he passed under the 8-minute mark (7'54''36) for the first time with the Trophy-R version of the Mégane III R.S. He was also the one who drove the New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R to set a new against-the-clock reference time of 07'40''100 on the 20,600 km Nordschleife circuit (or 07'45''389 on the official full lap of 20,832 km), in a chase for records in which gaining every second has become that much harder. Now, Laurent Hurgon has set a new record this time on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
The MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R will be marketed before the end of 2019, in the form of a limited edition of 500 hundred examples. Price: starting at €55,000 (price in France, varies depending on country).
Renault F1 Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg will be behind the wheel when the MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R made its first public appearance on 24 May, 2019, at the opening of the MONACO FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX.
For the New Mégane R.S. TROPHY-R, Renault Sport worked with renowned technical partners: Akrapovič for the exhaust system, Brembo for the brakes, Bridgestone for the tyres, Öhlins for the shock absorbers and Sabelt for the bucket seats.
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