Following the unveiling of the production model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new Honda Civic Type R has set a new lap time in the front-wheel-drive car category on the northern section of the Nürburgring. On April 3, 2017, a car under development circled the famous circuit in 7 minutes 43,8 seconds.
This lap time was recorded during the final phase of the model's test regime on dry asphalt and at optimal ambient temperatures to achieve the best performance from the tires and powertrain. This new time represents an improvement of almost seven seconds over its predecessor.
The new Civic Type R was part of the XNUMXth-generation Civic development program - the largest program in Honda history - and was designed to provide the most rewarding driving in the five-door vehicle segment, both in the vehicle segment. road and track.
Several factors contributed to setting the lap record in the new Civic Type R on the northern section of the Nürburgring. On the one hand, it has the 2-liter TURBO VTEC engine, which has been optimized and refined and generates 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The now lower gear ratio of the six-speed manual transmission further enhances the car's acceleration, while the new Type R's full aerodynamic structure offers outstanding high-speed stability, with a class-leading balance between lift and drag. .
The highly rigid frame and body of the new Civic Type R weigh 16 kg less compared to the previous model, all with a 38% improvement in torsional stiffness, resulting in significantly better results in terms of response steering and cornering stability. The new multi-link rear suspension improves braking stability and reduces overall car roll, allowing for later braking in corners and contributing to higher cornering speeds during travel.
The development car that won the new record has the technical specifications of a production model. A floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but this did not add more rigidity to the frame and body. The additional weight of the cage was offset by temporarily removing the infotainment system and the rear seats. In addition, tires oriented to the circuit, but approved for road circulation, were used.
The new Civic Type R will be produced at the Honda UK Manufacturing (HUM) plant in Swindon, UK. The model will be exported to Europe and other markets around the world, including Japan and the United States. Thus, it will be the first time that a Type R model with the Honda insignia has been officially sold in North America.