2017 Honda Civic Type R Reclaims Front-Wheel Drive Lap Record at Nurburgring

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New Type R stands as quickest front-drive production car at the ‘Ring.

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has recaptured the Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car on April 3. With a lap time of 7:43.8, the newest Civic eclipses the prior record of 7:47.19, set by the “hometeam” Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S. In-car footage from Autocar shows that the driver manages it in relatively drama-free fashion.

The turbocharged Civic makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter engine with VTEC. It will tip the scales at a little more than 3,000 pounds, having shed 35 from the previous Type R. That previous Euro-spec 2015 Type R had set the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record at 7:50.63. The six-speed transmission features lower gear ratios and a redesigned multi-link rear suspension that improves braking stability and reduces body roll.

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Further improvements include a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and an aerodynamic design to improve both stability and drag reduction. An Adaptive Damper Suspension (ADS) adds additional stability in coordination with the Type R’s +R Driving Mode, which squeezes maximum performance from the suspension, engine, and electric power steering. A limited-slip differential rounds out the performance upgrades.

The record-setting car was a pre-production example that included a rollcage for safety with rear seats and dashboard display removed to offset the cage’s weight. “The car was using street legal, track-focused tires,” said Honda in a press release. The driver is not identified anywhere and is also wearing a non-descript helmet and firesuit.

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U.S. sales of the Type R will begin in “late spring,” according to a Honda press release. However, Type R production began in March in Swindon, England, which will be the Civic hatchback’s global manufacturing hub. The turbo VTEC engine comes from Honda’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant.

Watch the 2017 Honda Civic Type R reset the Nurburgring lap record right here.

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