While the official Nürburgring lap record for road legal cars belongs to Porsche 918 Spyder with a time under 7 minutes, there is another hot category for front-wheel drive cars that for a while belonged to Renault Megane Trophy with a time of 8:07.9.
Earlier this year SEAT Leon Cupra 280 managed to beat the Renault time with the first sub 8 minute time for FWD cars, by lapping the iconic north loop in 7:58.4.
Back in April Renault started teasing their own #under8 minute model and here it is, the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R that managed to lap the Nordschleife in 7:54:36. That’s 4 seconds faster than the Leon Cupra 280 and Renault’s third lap record round the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife.
Based on the more standard Megane RS 275 Trophy, the R version continues to use the 275 horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol with 265 lb-ft of torque, but thanks to lower weight and other changes it was significantly faster than the standard RS 275 Trophy.
It is almost 100kg lighter thanks to the removal of rear seats, also most of the sound-absorbing and insulating materials were removed. A lighter and smaller battery was added, both the radio and air conditioning system are out and at front are new lighter Recaro bucket seats.
There is also a standard cup chassis, limited-slip differential, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, adjustable Öhlins Road & Track dampers, 19-inch Speedline wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and 350mm brake discs.
Production will be limited to 250 units with sales starting later in 2014.
In related news SEAT is considering to take back the record with Leon Cupra chassis development manager Sven Schawe telling to AutoExpress “Yes Renault have the record, but it’s a very different type of car to ours. If we removed parts from our car, it’s only four seconds, I’m confident we could beat it.”
It is possible that SEAT could offer a limited edition lightweight model similar to Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. After all there is just 4 seconds between the standard Seat Leon Cupra 280 and this limited Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. With lighter materials, removal of seats… etc. we are sure SEAT could do it few seconds faster.