The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has set a new record for the fastest front-wheel drive lap at Nürburgring.

The model was only just newly revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and has already been put to the test. Proving that this new car has what it takes, the Honda Civic Type R has set a new benchmark lap time for front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On the 3rd of April 2017, a development car lapped the world-famous circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.

The impressive lap time was reached during the final phase of the vehicles testing regime. Conditions were ideal on a dry track with a optimum temperature reached for the best tyre and powertrain performance. This newly achieved lap time shows nearly a seven second improvement against the model’s predecessor.

The new Civic Type R was part of the all-new tenth-generation Civic’s development programme – the largest in Honda’s history – and was engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment, both on road and on the race track.

What helped the new Civic Type R achieve its record time?

There were many factors that helped the new Civic Type R reach it’s new benchmark time at the Nordschleife.

  • At its heart is the optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS and 400Nm of torque.
  • New lower gear ratios in the six-speed manual transmission further improve the car’s acceleration
  • New Type R‘s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.

The body frame weight was also a contributing factor to the record breaking lap of the all-new Civic Type R as it is 16kg lighter than the previous model’s, with a torsional stiffness improvement of 38% providing benefits to steering response and cornering stability. A new feature multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.

Ryuichi Kijima, the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R explains “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, ”

Production of the new Civic Type R will start for European customer mid year 2017 and then will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world including Australia. It is still on track to arrive here before the end of 2017 and Honda enthusiastic are lining up to get there hands on one already.

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