Honda Would Defend Nurburgring Title With Faster Type-R
If it was ever taken from them, Honda would build a faster Civic Type-R to win back their Nurburgring record. But, according to Nurburgring rules, that new car would also have to see production.
Back in April, we told you about Honda’s ‘Type-R Experience’ which was held at the legendary Nurburgring in May of this year. Part of that post – which you can read here – talked about the Civic Type-R currently holding the Nurburgring front-wheel-drive lap record.
And now, even though they haven’t lost that lap record (yet), Honda are already planning how they would win it back should they lose it.
Chief Honda engineer Hisayuki Yagi said: “If someone takes our fastest lap, we’ll take it back. We didn’t leave ourselves any margin of safety in that lap. We would have to modify the car.”
The Nurburgring lap record can only be held by a production car, so that means if Honda wanted to use a ‘faster’ car they’d have to build (and produce) one.
Speaking to Top Gear, Yagi said there is “headroom for more power from the engine.” This statement should warm the hearts of Honda enthusiasts as it suggests that aftermarket tuning could reveal more performance.
The all-new 2015 Civic Type-R is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 305-horsepower – a hot hatch in every sense of the term.
However, we shouldn’t expect a newer, faster Civic any time soon. After all, the current model hasn’t yet been distributed to all its planned markets and then there’s the rumours about a Type-R “Plus”.
Also, it’s going to take something pretty special to beat the lap record Honda laid down in the Civic – a lightning-fast 7 minutes 50.63 seconds (four seconds quicker than the Renault Megane Trophy-R).
So… if you’re a car manufacturing giant, please beat Honda’s Nurburgring record so we can (hopefully) see an even faster Civic produced please!
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