Honda has been telling us about the Civic Type R’s “race car for the road” for quite some time now, but recently they also managed to seriously back that claim with no less than five new records.
Even on paper, using a 2.0-liter turbo and an advanced chassis full of the latest tech, the Honda Civic Type R is as impressive as it gets, pitted at the very end of front wheel drive hot hatch scale. It has now proven its worth with five new records on five European race circuits, arguably making it the fastest production series front wheel drive car on Earth. Since it already proved its worth on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, Honda decided to pay a visits to five other iconic tracks of the Old Continent, setting new records for the FWD category.
They kicked off the festivities back in April at the Silverstone track – fittingly on a typical English rainy day – where the Civic Type-R took the British Grand Prix by storm with a time of 2 minutes 44.45 seconds. With fair weather later on that month, the lap went down to 2:31.85 minutes. Up next was the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, where Honda Racing driver Rob Huff was on point for a time of 2:56.91 minutes. Italy’s scenery views made way for the well-known Monza circuit where Norbert Michelisz also delivered a new record of 2:15.16 minutes. Hungary was last, but certainly not least, and before them Autódromo do Estoril in Portugal was visited by Bruno Correia for a 2:04.08-minute pass. At the Hungaroring on June 6 the challenge saw another record go down, with a 2:10.85-minute run. By the way, the Japanese told us there were no customizations done to the cars, the model being left in stock form.