The MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R set a new record of 2’25’’454 (more than 3s better than the previous record) on the prestigious Suzuka circuit in Japan, after its against-the-clock reference time on the famous Nordschleife at Nürburgring and its record at Spa-Francorchamps as part of R.S. Days, broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. It is a major success in this country, which has some 10,000 TROPHY-R and Renault Sport fans: at the end of September 2019, Japan was Renault Sport's leading world market for the R.S. range, ahead of Germany and France, and the third for Mégane R.S., even though the Trophy version has not yet been launched there.
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 Suzuka, the leading circuit in Japan. This performance is particularly meaningful for the 10,000 strong local community of Renault Sport and TROPHY-R fans. It demonstrates the effectiveness of the specific testing campaign we conducted on site to best meet their expectations. This is enough to further strengthen the relationship with our very international customer base
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. MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R was developed as a racing car by a small dedicated team that focussed 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 records set at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, Renault Sport's passion for sport has led to new challenges. The new MEGANE R.S TROPHY-R set a new absolute official record and a reference time for a production city-car on the 5.8-kilometre-long Suzuka circuit, which has 18 curves. The record time, set on November 26 by Laurent Hurgon - who already holds multiple records driving different generations of the car – is 2’25’’454.
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. And it was him again who managed to break the Spa-Francorchamps circuit record (02’48’’338), broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. Now Laurent Hurgon has set a new record, this time on the Suzuka circuit in Japan. On the other side of the world, Renault Australia has just beaten the lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car category on the international circuit of the 4.95 km Long Bend Motorsport Park complex. At the wheel of a standard Mégane R.S. TROPHY-R, the driver for the Gary Rogers Motorsport team, James Moffat, set a record time of 2'14''316. He entered the TCR Australia series with a Mégane R.S. TCR prepared by Vukovic Motorsport.
MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY-R is marketed in the form of a limited edition of 500 numbered examples. Price: starting at €55,000 (price in France, varies depending on country).
The R.S. Performance site offers a wide range of merchandising (textiles and accessories) and performance parts around Trophy-R. For example, adjustable shock absorber stops and short springs, Sabelt 6-point harnesses, "boa" cooling sleeves, all available from mid-December on the website https://shop.renaultsport.com/RSperformance/
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.
Find the Mégane R.S. TROPHY-R on https://www.renaultsport.com/-megane-rs-trophy-r-300-2019-.html
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