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The Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy’s just gone round the Nurburgring nine seconds faster than the previous front-wheel drive record holder.

The Megane R26R has held the title since 2008 with an 8m 17s time, but was beaten by Renault development driver, Laurent Hurgon, in a standard 265T during his second lap of the morning. He made it round in 8min 7.97sec.

See more pics of the Renault 265 Trophy

The 265 Trophy uses the same chassis as the standard 250 Cup, a car which made many friends at TG HQ during its spell as a long-termer with the magazine. The new edition adds 15bhp and 15lb ft power boost and a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE05a tyres - previously seen on the Ferrari Enzo.

Want one? Order books open next month and it’ll set you back £27,820. Only 50 are going on sale so form an orderly queue. More pics and video when we get them…

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