Lapping the 12.9-mile Nurburgring in under seven minutes may be the current benchmark for hypercars like Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the Koenigsegg One:1, but Renault appears to have a slightly different target in mind.
An image posted recently on the Renaultsport Facebook page features the cryptic phrase ‘Under8’ in the form of a social media hashtag, which is accompanied by the caption “two months to go.” Renaultsport has now also added a picture of the Akrapovic exhaust system it will fit to its record-breaking Megane.
It hints at a possible attempt to break the Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive road-legal production car, currently held by the 2014 SEAT Leon Cupra 280.
The French manufacturer will have to beat the SEAT's impressive time of 7 minutes 58.4 seconds if it intends to regain the title it originally secured in 2008 with the Megane R26.R and then reset in 2011 with the Megane RS Trophy.
Renaultsport is keeping quiet on the new model it’ll use for this latest attempt – expected to take place in mid-June – but it’s likely to be based on the Megane once again and could go on sale later this year.
The teaser seen here suggests the car will make use of Michelin tyres, an Akrapovic exhaust set up, and features suspension from Swedish-based Ohlins.