France’s Laurent Hurgon, the long-time test and development driver behind various generations of the Mégane R.S. model, set the record in a time of two minutes, 48.338 seconds.
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This successful attempt comes just weeks after the Mégane R.S. Trophy, again with Hurgon at the wheel, broke the same category lap record at the fearsome Nürburgring.
Commenting on the incredible success, Patrice Ratti, Renault Sport Cars General Manager, said: “The new Mégane R.S. Trophy-R has set a new record in its category at one of the most demanding circuits in the world.
“This performance and the closeness between the driver at work and the beautiful sharing of information and passion: this is the attitude that permeates the development of our cars.”
Hurgon added: “I am, once again, really proud and delighted. Spa-Francorchamps is one the most exciting circuits in Europe 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!”
The Mégane R.S. Trophy-R owes its performance to a focus on three key areas that have always stood out as hallmarks of Renault Sport design: weight reduction, aerodynamics and suspension.
Limited to just 500 examples globally, the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R is around 130kg lighter than standard Mégane R.S. Trophy (excluding options) thanks to a radical weight-weight-saving programme.
It also features a redesigned under-tray and more aggressive rear splitter that generates greater downforce.
Finally, the overhauled suspension benefits from more negative camber at the front, a bespoke H-pattern rear axle and Öhlins two-way adjustable dampers. Power is provided by the 300PS turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen limited slip differential.
Just 32 cars will make their way to the UK. Pricing for the UK market has just been revealed with the Trophy-R starting at £51,140. This goes up to £63,140 for the Carbon Wheel version while, for the very top model, Nürburgring Record Pack, there is a price tag of £72,140 (see separate story).