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March 6, 2018

The Honda Civic Type R is Going on a European Tour to Break Lap Records

Honda is aiming to reinforce the performance of the Civic Type R by using a squad of racing stars to do what else but break lap records at iconic European racetracks.

The Japanese carmaker has so far confirmed the following driver line-up:
  • Jenson Button, Ex-Formula 1 and current NSX Super GT driver
  • Tiago Monteiro, WTCR driver
  • Esteban Guerrieri, WTCR driver
  • Bertrand Baguette, NSX Super GT driver
Throughout 2018, Honda will aim to set record times at Silverstone in the UK, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and Estoril in Portugal.

A similar challenge in 2016 saw benchmark lap times set at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril, and Hungaroring using the previous generation Civic Type R. The drivers included racers from the British Touring Car Championship and World Touring Car Championship.

The new Honda Civic Type R retains the heritage of Honda’s high-performance hatchback. It’s the latest car to wear the famous ‘red H’ badge and was an integral part of the tenth-generation Civic’s development program—the largest in Honda’s history.

The latest Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine with 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 272 km/h and 100 km/h is achieved in just 5.7 seconds. In April 2017, a production development car became the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds.


  1. "The fastest front wheel drive production car ever around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds"

    Yes, the Civic Type R may not be perfect but it simply deserves all the praise it has been receiving worldwide from the automotive industry. It's a welcome development for legit carguys who are in the market for a TRACK CAR.

  2. Doesn't matter... The mazda3 is still the most fun to drive and the most luxurious of all compact cars as said by numerous fanboys... And the istop saves 1-2km/L, how great is that.

    1. Its' great until you have to replace the car's battery.

    2. And Honda had to use a rubber-banding CVT on the Civic to save fuel din kuno, you pay 6-digits once it needs to get replaced since its not repairable. Dun mapupunta natipid niyo sa fuel, haha.

    3. The only time honds had issues with the cvt is during the era of the "ipis" honda city, which was around 2004 onwards. Today there are no reports of faulty CVTs. Assuming that the CVT will break down, the car will be so old (15-20 years maybe?) and it will probably be time to replace it. In mazda's case, the battery replacement comes around 6 months to 2 years depending on the usage of istop. Di pa tapos ang warranty nagkaproblema na.

    4. Says who? CVTs break down all the time, it's inherent in its design, that's why it's not used for high-torque output engines. Your anecdotal non-awareness of problems is not proof of anything. Replacing batteries is not a problem, all batteries are like that, there is no perpetual battery.

    5. CVT's are not being used in high torque engines? Then why Subaru designed a CVT for the Ascent, WRX and Forester XT.

    6. I agree, the Subaru does have high torque yet they use CVT.

      Duh! No shit Sherlock. Normal batteries have to be replaced BUT they usually last 2-4 years which is longer than the special istop batteries, plus they are much cheaper.

    7. Biglang kabig nung binanggit ko Subaru eh.

      Ito yung mga feeling car guy na galing ng TGP eh, dito nagkakalat ng kabobohan. LMAO!


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