The Honda Civic Type R has set its second lap record at a track, this time at Magny-Cours GP in France.
The new Civic Type R put itself on the map when it became the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to ever lap the Nurburgring with a time of 7:43.8. That record was set in April 2017 and now the Civic Type R has lapped Magny-Cours in 2:01.51 for a record. Piloting the Type R was WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri, who is competing in the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup in a Honda Civic Type R with Münnich Motorsport.
This is the first record set as part of the Honda Civic Type R Challenge 2018, which will see a team of Honda racing stars trying to break front-wheel-drive lap records at several racetracks in Europe, including Estoril, Hungaroring, Silverstone, and Spa-Francorchamps. A similar challenge was done in 2016.
Other drives involved in this year’s challenge include Jenson Button, Tiago Montiero, Bertrand Baguette, and Matt Neal.
“The best thing about the Type R is that it gives you confidence. It’s very responsive and gives you good feedback. People call the Type R the ultimate performance hot hatch and we proved today that it really is; the car continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible from front wheel drive,” said driver Guerrieri. “The beauty is we could use ‘+R mode’ on track but then switch to Comfort mode and drive home.”
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