Honda Civic Type-R is new front-wheel king of the Nurburgring [video]

Honda Civic Type-R is new front-wheel king of the Nurburgring [video]

All-new Civic Type-R bests previous model’s Nurburgring lap time by more than 6 seconds… 

Wondering if the 2017 Civic Type-R is the real deal? Honda has just given you so some serious food for thought by claiming the title of fastest front-wheel drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

The all-new hot hatch conquered the punishing circuit in a time of 7min 43.80 sec – an achievement that shaves a massive 6.83 seconds off the time set by the previous model.

Honda’s new record came at the expense of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, which set the previous benchmark last year. In fact, the time recorded by Honda is even quicker than independently-timed efforts from the first-generation Audi R8 V10 and Pagani Zonda.

Part of Honda’s success could be put down to the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tyres the Civic wore – the very same tyres that previous record holders Renault and Volkswagen used.

Speaking about the all-new Civic Type-R, lead chassis engineer Ryuichi Kijima said the car’s high-rigidity body and new multi-link rear suspension were both crucial pieces in the record lap.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Honda was also keen to point out that the Type R’s lap time was completed in a series production vehicle, unlike previous record holders Volkswagen and Renault, which developed lightweight special edition cars to achieve their respective lap records.

The all-new Civic Type R is due to go on sale in Australia from late 2017. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, which creates 235kW and 400Nm, and is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing and more detailed specifications are due to be revealed closer to launch.

Honda has published an onboard video of the Civic’s lap. Enjoy…

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