Geared up with those carbonfibre wheels and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, the Trophy-R’s list price skyrockets from an already lofty £51,140 to £72,140. And regardless of how extensive the changes to its chassis might be, that’s still a phenomenal amount for a front-driven hot hatchback – even one with a production car Nürburgring lap record under its belt.

Still, at least that titanic amount of money will net you a low-volume, limited-run special. Just 500 Trophy-Rs will be made, with 32 examples being allocated to Britain. Those yet to be sold are expected to all be spoken for in the next month or two, with the car’s production run effectively ending in late November or early December.

The £12,000 carbonfibre wheels are excessively expensive but, if you’ve got upwards of £50,000 to spend on a track-bred hot hatch, you might as well go the whole hog. Get the Sabelt wheel net, too.

All Nürburgring Record models have been sold. That’s because only 30 examples of those £9000 carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes were produced worldwide – and just two came to the UK.

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