New Honda Civic Type R the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the fearsome Nurburgring.
The new Honda Civic Type R has done it. The radical looking turbocharged hatchback has become the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the notorious Nurburging, lapping the circuit in 7 minutes 43.80 seconds, nearly 7 seconds faster than the outgoing Honda Civic Type R.
Honda claims that the Civic Type R’s new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque, new lower ratios in the six-speed manual transmission and that wild body kit isn’t just for show, it provides high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.
The new Honda Civic Type R is also 16 kilos lighter than its predecessor and torsional rigidity is up 38%, resulting in improvements to steering responsiveness and stability in corners. New multi-link rear suspension reduces body roll and allows the driver to brake harder and later in corners.
Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R explained how the new car has improved over the old “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability, ” said Kijima-san.
“For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h 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 Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time” Kijima-san added.
The car that completed the lap was a pre-production version that was virtually identical to the road car, bar a floating roll cage for safety purposes. The infotainment system and rear seats. The car was shod with track focused road legal tyres, and the lap was completed in optimal weather.
Watch the lap unfolding here: