With an astonishing time of 8 minutes 08 seconds, the limited-edition Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy has set a new benchmark time for a production front-wheel drive car at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. In fact, this performance even beats the attempts of several more powerful, rear-wheel drive cars Renault Sport established its first lap record for a FWD production car at the Nordschleife on 23 June 2008. The time of 8 minutes 17 seconds posted that day by the Mégane Renaultsport R26.R demonstrated that a showroom-spec FWD car could beat high-performance models from elite specialist brands and tuners.
More recently, it was the turn of Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy to beat the time by a full 9 seconds – a lap record that had stood for three years. Today’s lap time is the result of the newcomer’s extra 15hp (at 265hp) along with careful set-up work and an optimized tire choice.
The time posted at the Nürburgring puts Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy on a par with an extremely prestigious list of supercars, giving a level of performance that rivals cars with outputs up to and beyond 500hp.
Laurent Hurgon (development driver, Renault Sport) said:“The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from very fast in places, to much twistier and slower portions. Turns like ‘Karusell’ and ‘Pflanzgarten’, for example, make huge demands of the car and driver alike, yet Mégane Renaultsport Trophy is very much in its element here and feels particularly reassuring despite the uncompromising nature of the terrain. The limited-slip differential allowed me to accelerate hard out of the turns without understeer. The carefully-tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 265hp engine, the availability of torque between 2,500-5,000rpm and the car’s 235/35 R19 Bridgestone RE 050A tires allowed me to make the most of the car’s enormous potential, especially into and out of the corners. It is this package which enabled me to post such a quick time round this circuit which you must always approach with a certain degree of humility.”