Honda Civic Type R sets new record at Silverstone GP circuit
Honda Civic Type R (FK8) conquered another track record for a front wheel drive production car, this time at the legendary Silverstone GP circuit, with a lap time of 2 mins and 31.32 seconds.
The Silverstone GP Circuit, located in the United Kingdom, is a thrilling 5.89km track featuring fast straights and high-speed corners, combined with more technical sections that demand pinpoint placement of the car.
Matt Neal, who is currently racing a Honda Civic Type R in the 2018 BTCC with Halfords Yuasa Racing, said: “Where I found the real advantage of the Type R was really in the high-speed corners – the stability which is a combination of the aero and the new advanced suspension system. Into corners like Copse and Stowe at the end of the Hangar straight, you can carry big entry speed with supreme confidence.”
The Honda Civic Type R (FK8) is fitted with a 2.0 liter VTEC TURBO engine producing 310 hp / 228 kw of power (America and Asia) or 320 hp / 235 kw (Europe and Japan) and 400 Nm of torque, combined with a six speed manual gearbox. Honda’s fastest and most powerful hot hatch, currently holds four track records for a front wheel drive production car in:
- Nürburgring Nordschleife (Germany) – 7 mins and 43.8 secs
- Magny-Cours GP (France) – 2 mins and 1.51 secs
- Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) – 2 mins and 53.72 secs
- Silverstone GP (UK) – 2 mins and 31.32 secs
The next goal of the Japanese hot hatch is to break 2 more lap time records through the summer, in Estoril (Portugal) and Hungaroring (Hungary) circuits. The remaining driver line-up will include former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK) and WTCR driver Tiago Monteiro (Portugal). Stay tuned at hothatch.com.au for the latest news.