Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R sets new record at Spa-Francorchamps circuit

After setting a new lap record for a front wheel drive production car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany and at the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France, Honda took their fastest and most powerful hot hatchback for a spin at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

As a result, the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) broke another FWD record with a lap time of 2:53.72 at the the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The modern version of the historic Belgian track is 7.004km long and features fast straights and high-speed corners.

The driver who completed the record lap, was Bertrand Baguette. The former FIA WEC LMP2 class World Champion, is currently racing in the Super GT series with a Honda NSX-GT for Nakajima Racing.

The driver, Bertrand Baguette, praised the Type-R’s lack of understeer, the steering feedback, the aerodynamics of the car, the rigidity of the chassis and the combination of a stable rear and a “biting” front end, all contributing in maximum grip under pressure.

As a reminder, the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) is fitted with a 2.0 liter VTEC TURBO engine producing 320 hp / 235 kw of power and 400Nm of torque while it is equipped with an Adaptive Damper System and a sophisticated aerodynamic package. The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5,7 seconds and its top speed is 272 km/h (169 mph).

According to the press release, the Japanese hot hatch will attempt to break 4 more lap time records through the summer, at the legendary European race circuits in Estoril (Portugal), Hungaroring (Hungary) and  Silverstone (England). The driver line-up will include former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK), WTCR driver Tiago Monteiro (Portugal), NSX Super GT star and BTCC legend Matt Neal (UK).

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