The Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R has broken the FWD Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record. Here is the full lap.
For many folk it is still a matter of debate if Nürburgring lap times are relevant. Here at crankandpiston we sorted that argument out a long time ago with Bassam’s ‘Nürburgring? Schmürburgring! Why lap times don’t matter for new cars’ being completely discounted by my own masterpiece ‘Why The Nürburgring Nordschliefe is legendary. And why lap times do matter to us all‘ which is now widely regarded (mainly by me) as the authoritative text on the subject.
Back in March we reported that SEAT had conquered the ‘ring in a Leon Cupra setting a “new lap record for front-wheel-drive series production cars” of an astonishing time of 7:58 minutes. To put that into context, that is faster than most supercars were lapping the Nordschleife circuit not so long ago. As it turns out, the cheating Spaniards may have been a bit underhand in their Nürburgring assault as the Leon Cupra wasn’t exactly in production car trim. They have since had to modify their statement to “fastest ever front-wheel drive lap of the Nürburgring”.
Renault, on May 15th 2014, has now set a new lap record for front-wheeled drive series production cars in the Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R of 7:54.3 and, this time, we are assured that it is legit. Ride along with Renault Sport’s driver, Laurent Hurgon, in this video of the full lap while watching the little orange G-Force ball tell you which way his internal organs are shifting.
Source – Renaultsport