Time and time again, manufacturers have used lap times at the Nurburgring in Germany to prove their vehicles' performance capabilities by setting fast lap times, some even gunning for record times. This time, Honda has unleashed the 2017 Civic Type R to see how fast it can do a lap around the legendary Green Hell.
Back in April 3, two months prior to its launch in the United States, the Honda Civic Type R set the new lap record for front-wheel drive production vehicles at the Nurbugring. The Type R set a record lap time of 7 minutes 43.8 seconds around the Nordschleife beating the previous-generation Type R by 7 seconds, and beating the previous FWD record holder by over 3 seconds.
Although there are multiple factors that contributed to the Type R's benchmark time, one of those is the turbocharged 2.0-liter K20 engine that outputs 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque. To put the power down, it has been mated to a six-speed manual transmission with new gear ratios, compared to the previous-generation, to improve the car's acceleration. Meanwhile, the aerodynamics of the Type R is said to help keep it stable throughout the Nordschleife.
A new high-rigidity body frame found on the 2017 Civic Type R is 16kg lighter and is 38% stiffer, providing better steering response and stability. Complimenting the new body are new multi-link rear suspension, which further enhance stability.
“The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tires, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability,” said Ryuichi Kijima, lead chassis designer of the Civic Type R.
Honda says a developmental car was used to set the achieved lap time, but is technically representative of production specification and used road legal track-focused tires. For safety reasons, a full floating rollcage was installed. The infotainment system and rear seats were then temporarily removed to compensate for the weight of the roll cage.
Production of the 2017 Civic Type R began in March at the Honda's plant in Swindon, England. The Type R will then be exported to markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in the US marks the first time the Type R badge has officially been sold in the region.