The Trophy-R-up to 130kg lighter than the ‘standard’ latest generation Mégane R.S. and its Trophy derivative – will be on sale by the end of 2019 as “an exclusive limited edition of a few hundred units across Europe only. With the UK receiving a small allocation in right-hand drive” according to Renault Sport.
The car made it first public appearance at the Monaco Formula Grand Prix at the end of May in the hands of Renault F1 Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg at the wheel – CLICK HERE for video.
However, this was not before it had already broken the existing FWD record around the Nürburgring’s 20.600km Nürburgring circuit in a time of 7m40.100s (it also completed the slightly longer 20.832km Nürburgringin 7m45.389s).
CLICK HERE to see the new Trophy-R in action on the Nürburgring.
It means Renault Sport has reclaimed a record it has held three times before with its Mégane R.S. models that date back more than a decade.
The first was in 2008 as the R26.R stopped the clocks in 8m17s.
Three years later in 2011 that was lowered to 8m07.97s by the second generation Trophy.
Then in 2014 a milestone was achieved as the ‘Gen 3’ Trophy-R broke the eight-minute barrier with a time of 7m54.36s.
This latest record is therefore close to a remarkable 15 seconds faster! All have been achieved with the car’s driver-builder Laurent Hurgon at the wheel.
Interestingly the car uses the same 1.8-litre 300hp turbocharged engine found in the Trophy.
Indeed, it has been honed for the track behind the scenes by a small, dedicated team focusing on three aspects – maximum weight reduction, reworked aerodynamics and a more radical development of its drive axles.
During development, Renault Sport has built on the solid support of established partners working with Akrapovič for the exhaust system, Brembo for the brakes, Bridgestone for the tyres, Öhlins for the shock absorbers and Sabelt for the bucket seats.