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Renault Megane RS Trophy's ring time beats BMW 1-Series M Coupe's [video]

German magazine Sportauto gets a time of 8:15 with the 1-Series M - seven seconds slower than the Megane RS Trophy's 8:08

German publication Sportauto has released its lap time on the Nürburgring with the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and it comes in at 8 minutes and 15 seconds.

The lap time for the rear-wheel drive 1-Series M beats the all-wheel drive Audi RS3 as well as the 987.5 Porsche Cayman S but it doesn't beat the record-setting run of the Renault Megane RS Trophy last week.

The Megane RS Trophy set a record lap time of 8 minutes and 8 seconds (7.97, actually) - a Nürburgring record for a FWD model.

Sportauto did say that they believed the 1-Series M Coupe's suspension was a little too stiff for a good Nürburgring run and that the car could have used better tires.

The Megane RS Trophy accomplished its feat with road-going Bridgestone RE050A performance tires.

But maybe the different drivers had something to do with it too. It was Renault Sport development driver Laurent Hurgon who set the FWD record with the Megane RS Trophy on June 17.

Source: Sport Auto via 1addicts.com

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Ray782
Are the Renault-slamming guys even driving Renaults? So what makes them Renault experts? Here's my Renault experience: Megane II 1.6 Expression bought new in 2005. No major problems to date (203 000km). Only the ff done Front brake pads replaced on 118 000 and now at 203 000 km: rear ones on 131 000 and 203 000; front breake discs skiMmed on 203 000 for first time, rear ones to be replaced next week; aircon pump replaced on 198 000; clutch on 203 000; battery on 142 000. Now on third set of tyres. No mechanical breakdowns, no electrical failures, no rattles, despite regular off-road trips on really bad dirt roads while on holday. But I can tell you stories about friends', colleagues' and family's high-brand cars...
Jun 24, 2011 12:57 am
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RoadRunner
Love to see those front tyres after that lap lol
Jun 22, 2011 8:21 am
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Ferraridude
Oh, never mind sorry I was confused there.
Jun 22, 2011 7:46 am
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Targa_Florio
It should be noted that, on one side, Sport Auto GY drivers know very well the Ring and that, on the other side, Renault's test driver knows the Mégane like the palm of his hand.
Jun 22, 2011 4:26 am
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Ferraridude
You do know that jalopnik had this news like 2 days ago right? Anyways it's nice to be aknowldged by BrianWCF!
Jun 21, 2011 8:44 pm
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alexr
Dude, we reported on the Trophy's record the same day it happened - June 17. The 1-Series lap time came after that. Other sites reported it but no one bothered pointing out the glaringly obvious and they all missed the story - which is that a FWD Megane RS Trophy with 75 less HP and about half the price of the RWD 1-Series M Coupe beat it by 7 seconds on the Nurburgring. Reporting means not just reporting facts but finding the core of the story, which we did ahead of our competitors.
Jun 22, 2011 3:22 am
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Homerlovesbeer
Renault build quality is quite good Hellbound......you just keep laying the boot in though don't you? Congrats Renault.....I'm sure BMW will put their chosen driver in the 1M soon for a rematch.
Jun 21, 2011 8:05 pm
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Hellbound
I'm a long time RenaultSport forum user buddy...and almost every owner posts up stories detailing their regular trips to the dealer to sort out little niggles. Of course the thrill of driving the car makes up for all that, but the general opinion has always been to never buy a used one.
Jun 22, 2011 5:47 am
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norther
what does this mean? the french are giving the germans a run for it! oh no.... it's like, revenge for 1915-18 and 1940 :))) ohh man, what can i say. as gealous as i am, i have to congratulate renault. hat's down, and a gentleman's bow.
Jun 21, 2011 8:02 pm
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3Iceman
Well done Renault!!! Thats the proof that name doesn't mean everything. It is also the development, innovation and passion. I bet that if they make Laguna Trophy they can beat M5.
Jun 21, 2011 7:25 pm
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lematt
why compare cars if they are driven by different pilots ! Give the 1M to Sabine Schmitz and she will kill that french piece of s#!+ ;)
Jun 21, 2011 7:20 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
What is that strange clicking sound in the car?
Jun 21, 2011 5:26 pm
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kimbo
It's already falling apart.
Jun 21, 2011 5:42 pm
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Hellbound
That's the wonderful Renault build quality. Squeaky pedals, noisy seats...faulty dashboard lights...buttons that don't work. These problems are made worse with the RenaultSport variants because they're much stiffer so the interior has to put up with more stresses.
Jun 21, 2011 6:25 pm
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Broseph Stalin
Fail.
Jun 21, 2011 4:58 pm
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N20_Purge
EDIT: Dammit, I gotta read more.
Jun 21, 2011 3:54 pm
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ucplayer
Renault won, not bmw ^^
Jun 21, 2011 4:02 pm
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N20_Purge
Oh wow, how did I not see that? Thanks for notifying me in a nice way. ;) Looks like the guys at BMW have poker faces then.
Jun 21, 2011 4:30 pm
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Hellbound
Too nice for the internetz. ucplayer should have thrown some insults in his reply :D
Jun 21, 2011 4:33 pm
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N20_Purge
Hellbound, nice people are rare on the internet. Don't invite him to the dark side!
Jun 21, 2011 4:54 pm
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Zonda Addict
owned...
Jun 21, 2011 3:38 pm
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Ferraridude
This is why I like worldcarfans so much. They always offer news right after it has happened.
Jun 21, 2011 3:38 pm
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Edison
I second that. Great job WCF! Also, awesome job Renault. Hopefully this will send BMW and Porsche back to the drawing boards.
Jun 21, 2011 4:28 pm
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Hellbound
Same here. I've stopped reading other 'news' sites because they're about a day late and often give less info. I like RenaultSport, but would never buy a used RS car. Simply because everything I've read on the UK RenaultSport forum suggests that even buying a new car means you have to go back to the dealer a few times to fix niggly little things that go wrong. Used owners have to sort out the 'big jobs' outside of the warranty period, which is expensive. Hope the next RS Clio is quicker than this Megane :D
Jun 21, 2011 4:32 pm
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BrianWCF
Ferrarienzodude, thanks for the compliment! However, as hard as we try to do the best job we can, mistakes do slip through.
Jun 21, 2011 4:36 pm
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