The battle for front-wheel-drive supremacy at Germany’s famous Nurburgring circuit continues, with Honda the latest to claim it now has the fastest FWD machine.
Fans won’t be surprised to learn that the recently-unveiled Civic Type R is the new champion, having lapped the 20.83km Nordschleife section in a time of 7m50.63s.
That puts the Type R almost four seconds ahead of the outgoing champion - Renault’s stripped-out track-day special Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which lapped the circuit in 7m54.36s midway through last year.
The Megane had also improved on its predecessor’s time by around four seconds, taking the crown from Seat’s Leon Cupra which managed 7m58s.
The timing of Honda’s announcement might not sit well with Renault, which today announced its RS 275 Trophy-R will set the first-ever lap record at Melbourne's Albert Park circuit for FWD cars.
It might be a while before a newcomer arrives to displace Honda at the top of the Nurburgring's FWD leader board, as it’s possible that the Civic Type R still has more to give.
While Honda removed the air conditioning, infotainment equipment and the passenger’s seat to save weight before attempting timed laps, the addition of a roll cage to protect the driver would have evened the score.
Honda has now provided the usual ‘video evidence’ of its 7m50.63s Nurburgring lap, which you can view below.
The Civic Type R was officially unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show.
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