The New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R has become the first production car to set a lap record of 2:23min, at an average speed of 133km/h, at Australia’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit last Thursday, 12th March 2015. In fact last year, the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R has taken on and set new frontwheel-drive production car lap records at two challenging circuits, the Germany’s infamous Nürburgring
and Japan’s Suzuka Circuit. Now, it has confidently added a third title to its crown on the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. Watch video HERE
Steering the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R to this impressive time was Infiniti Red Bull
Racing’s new recruit, Daniil Kvyat.
Commenting before starting the race, Kvyat said, “I’m really looking forward to getting behind the
wheel of the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to set
the first ever production car lap record at the Albert Park Circuit. It will be a great opportunity to get
some track time ahead of the Grand Prix, and even better to do it with a Renault engine.”
This is the first time that a commercially-available production vehicle under or up to 2.0-litres has
set a timed lap at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, and there is no better vehicle other than the
coveted New Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R to do it.
When asked what it takes to set a lap record, Kvyat revealed: “Good driving helps. You need to
put a lap together knowing the track quite well and not making mistakes - this is key for a good lap
Noting on the impressive time by the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R, Managing Director
of Renault Australia, Justin Hocevar said: “It was fantastic to watch the New Renault Mégane
RS275 Trophy-R belting around the Albert Park Circuit and expertly driven by Daniil Kvyat. The
Trophy-R represents the best of Renault Sport and it’s exciting for us to be able to demonstrate
this in Australia. It is a very apt way for us to celebrate the 20th year of Formula One in
The CEO of Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Andrew Westacott, was also impressed with the
lap time achieved by Kvyat in the road-going Mégane.
“It was a good car, nice to drive. Good suspension and it was a very good feeling. I have driven a
Mégane R.S. not the Trophy-R before in Moscow once – it’s a very nice car. With the New Renault
Mégane RS275 you can feel it is sportier, the suspension is also sportier. It is made for proper
race driving,” commented Kyvat after the race.
The New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete
with mechanical Limited-Slip Differential), 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine (boosted to 275bhp), a
titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, ‘Öhlins Road & Track’ one-way adjustable dampers with
composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.
The ‘Albert Park Challenge driven by Renault’ is a new addition to the 2015 Formula 1® Rolex
Australian Grand Prix schedule.