The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has claimed the title of fastest front wheel drive car around the punishing Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Honda has released footage of the new Civic Type R recording a 7m43.80s lap time a feat that shaves 6.83 seconds off the previous Europe-only model.
The new record wrests the title from last year’s Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S and is even quicker than independently-timed efforts from the first-generation Audi R8 V10 and Pagani Zonda.
The new lap record was set on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tyres, the same used by previous record holders Renault and Volkswagen, with part of the faster time coming as a result of revisions to the circuit following an incident that saw a Nissan GT-R GT3 become airborne and fly into a spectator area.
Lead chassis engineer for the Civic Type R, Ryuichi Kijima, explained some of the new model’s advantages over the previous model..
"The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability," Kijima said.
"For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R's excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time."
Honda has also pointed out that unlike previous record holders Volkswagen and Renault, which developed lightweight special edition cars to achieve their respective lap records the Type R's lap time comes from a series production vehicle.
Despite that, the example used to a to set this latest record has had a roll cage fitted to ensure the safety of its driver, and in this instance the test car's climate control and infotainment system have been removed to account for the extra weight of the safety equipment.
Unlike its predecessor, the new Civic Type R is set to go on sale in Australia from late 2017, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 235kW and 400Nm, backed by a six-speed manual transmission with pricing and specifications to be revealed closer to launch.
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