Honda Civic Type R sets new record at Hungaroring GP circuit
Honda Civic Type R (FK8) just completed the Type R Challenge 2018 by setting the fifth and final record for a FWD production car at the Hungaroring GP circuit in Hungary with a lap time of 2min 10.19sec.
Formula One World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver, Jenson Button was behind the wheel of the Japanese hot hatch returning to the circuit where he won the first Grand Prix of his career with Honda in 2006.
The Hungaroring circuit is a twisty and narrow 4.38km track with 180 degree corners and a complex chicane, making it one of the more technical tracks in Europe.
Commenting on the Type R, Jenson Button said: “The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the car was. I come from a background that is not front-wheel drive focused, so it was very different for me but because the Type R is so well balanced it was instantly really enjoyable and more natural.
“The thing that surprised me most is how late you can brake with this car. The manual gearbox works really well, too. Most cars these days don’t come with manual boxes, so it’s nice to have that manual feel. You always feel a lot more connected to the car.”
For those who haven’t followed the Type R Challenge 2018, here is a list with the lap records currently held by the Honda Civic Type R (FK8):
- Nürburgring Nordschleife (Germany) – 7 min and 43.8 secs
- Magny-Cours GP (France) – 2 min and 1.51 secs (Esteban Guerrieri)
- Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) – 2 min and 53.72 secs (Betrand Baguette)
- Silverstone GP (UK) – 2 min and 31.32 secs (Matt Neal)
- Estoril (Portugal) – 2 min 01.84 seconds (Tiago Monteiro)
- Hungaroring GP (Hungary) – 2min 10.19sec (Jenson Button)