After the successes of the Honda Civic Type R in the circuits of Magny-Cours (France) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), the high-performance compact from the Japanese house has set a new benchmark time of 2m31s32 / 100 for a front-wheel drive production car on the English track of Silverstone. In this way, it beat the record set in 2016 by the previous generation of this vehicle.
This time the Type R was piloted by Matt neal, three-time champion of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), currently competing in the category with a Honda Civic Type R from the Halfords Yuasa Racing team.
The 5,89-kilometer Silverstone track has very fast straights and high-speed corners, along with other more technical and slow sections that require positioning the car in the exact place. With excellent top speed, thanks to its 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine, the Civic Type R displayed formidable performance that allowed Neal to get the most out of the straights and accelerate quickly out of the open corners.
The speed required by the Silverstone circuit makes the car's aerodynamic characteristics key, and the Civic Type R has the best balance of low drag and grip, which clearly worked in its favor. In + R mode the adaptive suspension system achieves a firmer and more stable ride that allows you to reach higher speeds through the Silverstone corners.
“When I really discovered the main virtue of the Type R it was in the stability when cornering at high speed thanks to the combination of aerodynamics and the new advanced suspension system. In curves like Copse and Stowe, at the end of the Hangar straight, you can enter at high speed with complete confidence ”, Neal stated.
“There is no one thing that makes the Type R the best car in its class… it is a whole. It has a completely new platform and Honda has revised and improved all the elements, such as the stability thanks to the multi-link suspension, the aerodynamics and the lower center of gravity. It is an advance in every way "added the English pilot.
The new Silverstone circuit record is the fourth broken by the new Honda Civic Type R. In April 2017, a production model under development was converted to the front-wheel drive compact. faster than ever on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7m43s8. Subsequently, the Type R Challenge 2018 started with the WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri, which achieved a new record of 2m1s51 for a front-wheel drive compact on Magny-Cours, before Bertrand Baguette achieved 2m53s72 at Spa-Francorchamps.