King of the ring: history of the Nürburgring

Few racetracks can inspire the same combination of fear, excitement and terror as the 22.8 kilometre long Nürburgring. The German raceway comprises of 172 heart stopping bends that snake their way through the Eifel Mountains and is home to some of the greatest moments in motorsport history.

Nürburgring was opened in 1927. Over the coming years the raceway would become a testing ground for motorsport’s biggest names as records were made and broken at blistering speeds. In 1961 Phil Hill became the first person to complete a lap of the Nordschleife in less than 9 minutes with a time of 8:55.2 seconds. In 1975, Niki Lauda completed the full 22.8km lap in just 6:58.60. Eight years later, Christian Danner shaved off half a minute recording a time of 6:28.03 only to have his record broken that same year by Stefan Bellof with the current lap record of 6:11.13.

In 2008, the Nürburgring loomed large in the minds of the engineers at Renault Sport. It was the ultimate testing ground for the old Mégane R26.R. Unlike other record holders at the track, the Megane R26.R, was a production vehicle and had something to prove - setting a new record for a front wheel drive production car with a time of 8:17.00.

Always looking to improve, the team at Renault Sport set out to break their own record and in 2011 the Megane R.S. 265 Trophy set a new record with a new time of 8:07:97. Three years later the record was broken again by Seat’s Leon Cupra 280, inching ahead with a time of 7:58.4.

Renault Sports engineers went straight back to work developing a new Trophy to re-take the throne. A few weeks later the new Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R left the workshop and hit the track recording a new lap record of 7:54.36, engraving its name and performance potential in the Nürburgring’s history books again.

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