The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge.
The Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy has recorded a lap time of 8 minutes and 08 seconds, beating the first ever front wheel Renault Sport lap time of 8 minutes 17 seconds, achieved by the megane Renaultsport R62.R by 9 seconds.
The Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy's time puts the car up with a host of supercars, with power outputs of up to and over 500hp.
Laurent Hurgon (development driver, Renault Sport) said:"The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from fast and even very fast in places to much twistier and slower portions. Turns like 'Karusell' and 'Pflanzgarten', for example, make huge demands of the car and driver alike, yet Megane Renaultsport Trophy is very much in its element here and feels particularly reassuring despite the uncompromising nature of the terrain. The limited slip differential allowed me to accelerate hard out of the countless turns without understeer. The carefully-tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 265hp engine, the ready availability of torque between 2,500 and 5,000rpm and the car's Bridgestone RE 050A (235/35 R19) tyres allowed me to make the most of the car's enormous potential, especially into and out of the corners. It is this package which enabled me to post such a quick time round this circuit which you must always approach with a certain degree of humility."Published 17 June 2011