New record for the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R at Spa-Francorchamps
Fast, fast, fast
The Renault Megane RS 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 Spa-Francorchamps circuit as part of R.S. Days, after its against-the-clock record on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife track.
The new Megane 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.
The new generation of Megane RS Trophy-R owes its performance to its power since its 300 hp engine is that of the Megane R.S. Trophy, launched in early 2019. The Megane RS 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 Megane 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 Megane RS 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 Megane 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 favorite 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!"
The story of the Megane 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 three years later, in 2011, by the second generation Megane 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 Megane III R.S. He was also the one who drove the New Megane 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 Megane 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).