Honda’s new Civic Type R has set a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On 24th of April 2017 the Japanese car manufacturer announced that they achieved a lap-time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
The new Civic Type R, which produces 320 PS and 400Nm of torque, debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and has already managed to get people talking with this new lap time. The new record is nearly seven seconds faster than the previous Civic Type R model.
How did it manage to set a new record? The new Type R carries a 2.0 litre VTEC turbo engine, a new 6-speed manual transmission, and is 16kg lighter than the previous model. A new rear suspension system gives the car more stability under braking; allowing for later braking into corners. This means the driver was able to reach higher cornering speeds, and ultimately achieve a faster lap time.
Honda claim that the development car responsible for the new record is technically representative of production specification. For the Nürburgring lap a roll cage was installed for safety reasons. To compensate for this extra weight the rear seats, and infotainment system, were removed. Also, the car was using road legal track-focused tyres.
Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon, UK, will begin production of the new Civic Type R this summer.
You can watch video footage of the record lap below: