Honda will return to the Nürburgring with the Civic Type R Limited Edition
As we all suspected after the launch of the lighter and more track-focused Civic Type R Limited Edition, Honda is planning to return to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for a timed lap!
Ko Yamamoto, Honda’s technical consultant, told CNET: “We will return to the Nürburgring and we will do a timed lap, but not with the purpose to break the record”. As he said, their goal is to “verify and confirm the improvement level of all those technical measures in a lap time”.
The previous Honda Civic Type R (FK8) held the front-wheel-drive record at the Nürburgring from 2017 to 2019, with a lap time of 7’43″8. However, last year, the limited-edition Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R broke it again with 7’40″10.
The 2020 Civic Type R Limited Edition is 47 kg lighter than the regular car, with modified dampers, recalibrated steering and Michelin Cup 2 tyres that will contribute to a faster lap time. It remains to be seen if those improvements will be enough for the Type R regain the crown, however it is clear that Honda has very high hopes for it. As Yamamoto said: “The Nürburgring lap time has always been part of the Type R’s complete development program. This is something we will repeat for our internal verification. If that time happens to be the quickest, then of course, we won’t be silent.”