Renault has broken the record for front-wheel-drive cars at the Nurburgring, a record which was set in 2008 by a hot version of the Megane, the R26.R. The new car is called the RenaultSport Megane 265 Trophy, and it recorded a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds, a full 9 seconds faster than the R26.R's time. The new record is all the more impressive when you consider that the 265 Trophy isn't too different from the standard Megane.
It produces just 15 more horsepower and has a set of new Bridgestone Potenza RE05 tires. This is a very different philosophy from the one which went into the R26.R, which had Perspex windows and no back seat. The record was set by Renault test driver Laurent Hurgon, who gives a good deal of credit to the new tires, and their ability to deal with corners, for the time he set.