The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has landed the title of world’s fastest front-wheel-drive (FWD) production car by clocking a record 7 minutes 43.80 seconds for the benchmark lap time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring.
The record breaking time for a benchmark lap was clocked by 2017 Honda Civic Type R on April 3, 2017. The latest lap time is an improvement of nearly 7 seconds compared to the previous-generation (European market) Type R says Honda.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is powered by the high-performance 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine capable of peak output of 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Beyond the engine being the reason behind the car’s record breaking lap time, Honda says that the Type R’s six-speed manual transmission with new, lower gear ratios helps improve the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R’s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability with an optimal balance between aerodynamic stability and drag.
Thanks to features such as new multi-link rear suspension, wider track and tires, longer wheelbase, and optimized aerodynamics, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has improved stability than its predecessor.
The pre-production development Civic Type R that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the removal of the Display Audio system and rear seats. The car was using street legal, track-focused tires.
The new Civic Type R, the very first production Honda Type R model for America, is the final piece in the 10th-generation Honda Civic launch that began in the fall of 2015 with the Civic Sedan, named 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Civic lineup, featuring the most ambitious and extensive remake in the model’s 44-year history, includes the premium and sporty Civic Sedan and Coupe; the versatile and Euro-inspired Civic Hatchback; the fast and agile new Civic Si Sedan and Coupe, launching next month; and the ultimate representation of Civic performance, the new Civic Type R.
Production of the new Civic Type R began in March 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, England – the global manufacturing hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback.