The Volkswagen Golf GT Clubsport claimed the Nürburgring Record for the fastest FWD (front wheel drive) production vehicle from the previous Honda Civic Type R just four months ago. Honda wasn’t going to let that stop them, so they went for another go and smashed the record with an even better time.
The new Honda Civic Type-R was able to post a 7:43:8 lap time which means it’s 5.5 seconds quicker than the German Golf – that’s a lot of seconds shaved of the lap time, which might prompt enthusiasts to reconsider purchasing a Japanese hot hatch over the German equivalent.
To obtain this record, Honda claimed to have used a pre-production model that is “technically representative of production specification” according to the manufacturer.
As with most cars being tested on the challenging Nurburgring, the car was equipped with a full floating roll cage, a rear seat and display audio system delete.
They also said they used street legal, track-focused tires which means the car could have gone much faster if equipped with even better tires.
Lead chassis engineer for project development, Ryuichi Kijima explains; “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type-R is higher because the car features a wider track and tires, a longer wheelbase, a new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimized aerodynamics that improve stability”
The new model relies on much better stability throughout corners which means they could enter and exit corners at a higher speed while maintaining an overall higher average of speed during mid-corners.
Honda says; “Drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h (93 mph). Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h (6mph) higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new car to achieve a much quicker lap time.”
The 2.0-liter VTECH turbocharged engine puts out 316hp and 400NM (295 lb-ft) of torque making it one of the most formidable hot hatches available for sale today. Although it might boast great handling specs, the acceleration figures are estimated at around 5.5 seconds which means it isn’t the fastest hot-hatch by any means. It’s basically a track toy for enthusiasts.