Honda ends Civic Type R challenge with five records

Civic Type R Challenge

Civic Type R Challenge

The fastest lap time around the Hungaroring GP circuit in a front-wheel drive production auto has been set by a Honda Civic Type R, again. The new record in Hungary completes the planned five track assault known as the Type R Challenge 2018.

This is actually the current Civic Type R's sixth lap record, since a pre-production model became the fastest front-wheel drive production auto ever round the Nurburgring Nordschleife in April 2017, with a lap of 7m43.8s.

Button knows the Hungaroring track quite well, given it's the same circuit he at which won his first Grand Prix race with Honda in 2006.

"The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the vehicle was.", he said.

Previously, in a similar challenge back in 2016, Honda set a benchmark time for the Hungaroring GP circuit using the last-generation Civic Type R not available to us in the States. "I come from a rear wheel-drive background, so it was very different for me but Type R is well balanced and instantly enjoyable and more natural".

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Button was also impressed with how late he could brake into corners, and he also praised the fact that the auto comes with a manual transmission, explaining that no other transmission type lets you feel so connected with the vehicle. The manual gearbox works really well, too. "You always feel a lot more connected to the auto".

Probably more familiar to motorsport fans, though, is British Touring Car Championship driver Matt Neal, who took the Civic to a Silverstone lap record of 2:31.32 minutes.

So that's that; Honda proves that the new Civic Type R is faster than the old one, and that the red ones are definitely the quickest Type Rs.

In addition to the five European track records made this year, the Civic Type R is also the fastest front-wheel drive production auto around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany - the Honda lapped the circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds in April 2017.

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