Jose Altoveros / Honda | March 02, 2018 11:36
Honda aims to set new lap records in European tracks with the Civic Type R
We all know that the Honda Civic Type R is fast. In fact, it currently holds the record as the fastest production front-wheel drive production at the Nurburgring with a lap of 7 minute and 43 seconds. Now, it seems as though Honda wants to go even further by rewriting lap records at other European racetracks.
In order to make this challenge happen, Honda is building a team of professional racing drivers. Though the line up has yet to be completed, incuded in the mix is former Formula 1 champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button. WTCR drivers Tiago Monteiro, Esteban Guerrieri and NSX Super GT star Bertrand Baguette will also be joinning Button for this challenge.
This is not the first time Honda will be attempting to shatter lap records in racetracks across Europe. They did something similar back in 2016 with the previous-generation Civic Type R, which allowed them to establish benchmark lap times at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril and Hungaroring. For 2018, Honda aims to exceed those previous lap times and possibly create new ones upcoming tracks.
Aside from a star-studded cast of racing drivers, Honda will be using a special time attack Civic Type R for this challenge. Despite the name, it will have the same specifications as the production-model FK8. It will still produce 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Honda has yet to release photos of the 2018 Time Attack Civic Type R. But, it will make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show this March 8.