Having described their new hot hatch as a “race car for the road”, it appears Honda now has the numbers to back that claim up for the new Civic Type R. With a 2.0L turbo motor and advanced chassis tech, it would be safe to say that the Type R is at the top of its game. Now that is has set 5 lap records on 5 different circuits across europe, it can arguably claim the throne in the hot hatch segment.
Since the Type R claimed the lap record at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe, the team from Honda was inspired to see how the beefed-up Civic would hold its own on other international circuits. Thus began their journey to set lap records across Europe for a Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) car.
With the famed Silverstone Circuit lined up as their first target, Honda set out to UK last april. Given that their first outing was on a rainy day, the Type R was able to clock 2 minutes and 44.45 seconds. Later that month and on a clearer day, they were able to bring that time down to 2 minutes 31.85 seconds. Up next, it was Circuit de Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Its steep elevation changes and high-speed sweeping corners did not appear to faze the Type R as it took Honda Racing’s driver Rob Huff 2 minutes 56.91 seconds to complete a lap.
From Belgium Honda then moved on to the home of the prancing horse, the historic circuit of Monza in Italy. Norbert Michelisz took it upon himself to clock 2 minutes 15.16 seconds around the grand prix track. Honda’s last stop would find themselves in Hungary, but before that they went to Autodromo do Estoril in Portugal first. With Bruno Correia behind the wheel, they were able to leave with a lap of 2 minutes 4.08 seconds.
Lastly, the team arrived at Hungaroring on June 6 to finally set a 2 minute 10.85 second lap time to conclude their record-breaking spree across Europe. As a final remark, Honda explains all lap times were achieved with a stock production model of the Type R with no mechanical modifications.