On 24 July 2019, the Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R broke the front wheel drive production car record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium with a time of 2’48″338. This makes it almost 5″ faster than the previous record (2’53″72) set by Honda Civic Type R (FK8) last year.
Laurent Hurgon was the driver for this attempt, after his record at the Nürburgring on the 21st of May 2019. Following his new record at Spa-Francorchamps he stated: I am, once again, really proud and delighted. Spa-Francorchamps is one of the favourite 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!
As a reminder, the Megane IV RS Trophy-R is fitted with the 1.8 TCe engine producing 300hp / 220kW and 400Nm mated to a six speed manual transmission – just like in the Renault Megane IV RS Trophy. However thanks to weight saving measures (including the removal of the 4Control system), the car weights 1306 kg which makes it -130 kg lighter compared to the Trophy. As a result, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5,4 seconds (-0,3 seconds faster than the Trophy) and can reach a top speed of 262 km/h (163 mph).
It also comes equipped with a more track-focused suspension, ceramic brakes, better aerodynamics and other chassis improvements. For the development of the hot hatch, Renault collaborated with Akrapovič (exhaust), Brembo (brakes), Bridgestone (tires), Öhlins (springs) and Sabelt (racing equipment).
The Renault Megane IV R.S. Trophy-R will go on sale towards the end of 2019 and will be produced in a limited number of 500 units with a price of €55,000 in France.