The Honda Civic Type R's Nürburgring record is an old story, though technically, it is not. That's how this news will make you feel about it. Japan's front-wheeler has yet again set another record at the Silverstone Circuit in England – home of the British Grand Prix.
The Civic Type R clocked its fourth lap record of 2:31.320, making it the fastest front-wheel production car to have set wheels on the Silverstone track. Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal overwrote the previous-generation Type R's record way back in 2016 – that's what you get when you hand the wheels to a home-grown racer.
Straights and high-speed corners of the 5.98-km track were no-match to Honda's front-wheel-driven, red H-badged monster. Even the track's technical sections were well-calculated, thanks to the 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine matched with the Type R's aerodynamics. The combination of power, superb lift and drag balance granted Neal with quick acceleration out of sweeping corners.
“Where I found the real advantage of the Type R was really in the high-speed corners – the stability which is a combination of the aero and the new advanced suspension system. Into corners like Copse and Stowe at the end of the Hangar straight, you can carry big entry speed with supreme confidence.”
Matt Neal Three-time British Touring Car champion
Neal was also able to enumerate every aspect he digs about the Type R. He said the car has improved handling stability with its lower center of gravity, wide and long body, steering feedback, engine power, multi-link suspension, and, of course, its aero – which he described as "a step forward in every direction."
British and Portuguese drivers Jenson Button and Tiago Monteiro, respectively, are lined up to join Neal in the Type R Challenge 2018. Button is a former Formula 1 World Champion and is the current NSX Super GT driver, while Monteiro is currently living his career as a FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) driver.
The Honda Civic Type R achieved its first milestone known as the April 2017 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, where it was able to register 7:43.800. It was then followed by WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri's 2:01.510 lap record at Magny-Cours GP circuit in France and Bertrand Baguette's 2:53.720 lap at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
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