Honda Civic Type R sets new record on Magny-Cours GP circuit

Honda did it again with the new Civic Type R and broke another FWD track record – this time on Magny-Cours GP circuit in France.

With 2 minutes and 1.51 seconds, the Japanese hot hatch is officially the fastest front wheel drive production car around Magny-Cours GP. The record was set in standard production car with road tyres with Esteban Guerrieri (WTCR driver) behind the wheel.

 

Esteban Guerrieri was behind the wheel of the Civic Type R clocking 2 minutes and 1.51 seconds in his fastest lap. The driver is currently contesting in the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup in a Honda Civic TCR with Münnich Motorsport.
The Magny-Cours GP circuit is a 4.4km track with a mix of slow hairpins, high-speed chicane sections and long straights.

According to Honda’s press release, the Japanese hot hatch will attempt to break records at 5 legendary European race circuits in 2018, that include  Estoril (Portugal), Hungaroring (Hungary), Silverstone (England) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

The driver line-up for the other circuit record attempts 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 Bertrand Baguette (Belgium) and BTCC legend Matt Neal (UK).

As a reminder, the Honda Civic Type R (FK8)  is still the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7min 43.8sec set in April 2017.

The Honda Civic Type R (FK8) is fitted with a 2.0 liter VTEC TURBO engine producing 320ps / 235 kw of power and 400Nm of torque while it is equipped with an Adaptive Damper System and a sophisticated aerodynamic package (learn more here).

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