The Renaultsport Megane 275R has taken back the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring record from SEAT's Leon Cupra.
Renault's motorsport division, Renaultsport, has snatched back the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record with a new model called the Megane 275 Trophy-R.
It posted a time of 7 minutes, 54.36 seconds to beat the previous record – set in March by the SEAT Leon Cupra – by 4.04 seconds. It also beat the old Megane 265 Trophy by around 14 seconds.
The new model is based on the recently unveiled Megane 275 Trophy, but is 100kg lighter. Weight is saved through the use of lighter front seats, plus the removal of sound deadening, the back seats, the air-con and the radio. You can add the latter two features as no-cost options. Composite springs knock a further 2kg from the kerbweight.
This extreme weight loss is similar to that seen on the last-generation Megane R26.R, which also featured a strut brace in place of the rear seats. As with that car you can get proper racing bucket seats with six-point harnesses. The Megane R26.R did hold the Nurburgring front-wheel-drive lap record in 2008, when it put in a time of 8 minutes 17 seconds.