The Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is a high-performance hatchback based on the 3rd generation Mégane.
In response to SEAT setting a new record for a FWD production car at the Nürburgring race track with the Leon Cupra 280 at 7:58.4 and taking the title Renault earned during 3 years with the Megane 265 Trophy, since 2011, with a time of 8:07.97, Renault developed the 275 Trophy-R to retake the title a few weeks after. With Laurent Hurgon driving, the record was reclaimed with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:54.36.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy has a raft of changes, starting with a little more power courtesy of the Akrapovič titanium exhaust bringing power up to 275 PS (202 kW; 271 bhp) at 5500 rpm while torque is unchanged at 360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft) at 3000 rpm. Additionally on the 101 kg (223 lb) lighter track focused Trophy-R, Öhlins dampers with Allevard composite coil springs and 19" Speedline Turini wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres replace the KYB dampers with steel springs and 19" Steev wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres used to date. A lithium battery saves 16 kg. The front brakes are changed to a 350mm 2 piece floating rotor (up 10mm) while using the same calipers & rear brakes.
Interior changes see the deletion of the sound deadening, the air conditioning, stereo, sat nav and back seat while a rear brace is fitted in place. The Recaro Sportster CS front seats are exchanged for Recaro “pole position” fixed polycarbonate buckets trimmed with leather and Alcantara & Sabelt race harness belts fitted. The total weight saving of all the changes amounts to a 101 kg (223 lb) loss, bringing kerb weight down to 1,280 kg (2,820 lb), 7.5 L/100 km (38 mpg‑imp; 31 mpg‑US) and 174 g/km of CO2/km.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R also beat the records of several others circuits, proved by the videos Suzuka circuit with Laurent Hurgon, Fuji International Speedway with Laurent Hurgon, Tsukuba circuit with Kazuo Shimizu.
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