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Watch: 306bhp Honda Civic Type R claims five lap records

Hot hatch wars deepen as Honda claims five best laps for FWD hatches. Watch them all

  • Honda has claimed five lap records at five tracks for front-wheel-drive hatchbacks using its 306bhp, Civic Type R. Sounds impressive, no?

    We're told the laps were inspired by "the Civic Type R which smashed the front-wheel-drive lap time at the Nürburgring in May 2014". Honda then decided to attack more European circuits to prove the banshee Type R's lap provenance.

    Of course, that original Type R time of 7m 50.63 was indeed a lap record. At the time. Earlier this year, Volkswagen managed to squeeze an even faster time out of its GTI Clubsport S, with a new FWD record of 7m 49.21s. The victorious driver, Benny Leuchter, told TG that he had to "push like hell". No kidding.  

    So, none of the following five laps are from the Nürburgring. They instead come from Silverstone, Spa, Monza, Estoril, and finally, the Hungaroring; not exactly circuits notorious for their FWD lap records. 

    Still, we have video footage from each of the onboards, and it's definitely worth a few minutes of your time to have a watch. All the attempts were in a standard Civic Type R (not like the one that lapped the 'Ring) with no mechanical mods...

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  • Honda Civic Type R: lap of Silverstone


    British Touring car ace Matt Neal first set a wet time of 2m 44.45s. He later went back to set a dry time of 2m 31.85s.

  • Honda Civic Type R: lap of Spa


    Honda Racing's Rob Huff set a time of 2m 56.91s around the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

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  • Honda Civic Type R: lap of Monza


    Monza was the next circuit on the list, with Honda WTCC driver Norbert Michelisz setting a time of 2m 15.16s.

  • Honda Civic Type R: lap of Estoril


    Tiago Monteiro was the man tasked with Estoril duties, but a crash at the WTCC Race of Germany put him out of action. WTCC safety car driver Bruno Correia stepped up (drafted in at 24 hours notice), and after just one day in the car, set a time of 2m 4.08s.

  • 1723

    On 6th June, Honda landed at the Hungaroring, and Norbert Michelisz managed a time of 2m 10.85s. 

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