The Renault Megane RS Trophy has managed to become the fastest production-spec FWD car on the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife track. The driver who achieved the 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds time is Laurent Hurgon, who beat the 8 minutes and 17 seconds time achieved by the Renault Megane R26.R.
As a reminder, the car is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 261 hp (265 PS / 195 kW) and has a peak torque of 265 lb.-ft (360 Nm), which is 15 PS and 20 Nm more than the regular Megane RS version.
A very important detail regarding the car is that it managed to achieve this time by running on Bridgestone RE050A high-performance tires.
Laurent Hurgon, the development driver for Renualtsport, summed it up best when he 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 fast and even 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 countless turns without understeer.”