Type R
Type R

Type R goes almost one (second) better again

Riley Riley

It hasn’t been released yet, but Honda’s all-new Honda Civic Type R is already setting records.

The Type R has been credited with a new lap record for a front-drive road car at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix.

The previous Limited Edition Type R needed clocked 2 minutes and 23.993 seconds over the same course back in 2020, with Super GT racer Takuya Izawa at the wheel.

That’s almost a second faster.

Honda says the record lap was set during final preparations for performance and testing.

Before this, the record was held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R, with a time of two minutes and 25.454 seconds.

The world-famous 5.8 km Suzuka Circuit is renowned for its high-speed chicanes and challenging corners, with a distinctive ‘figure eight’ layout that includes a long 1.2km back straight, which passes over an earlier section of the circuit just after Turn 9.

Widely regarded as a highlight of the Formula 1 calendar, Suzuka has been an important testbed for developing performance Honda vehicles and engines since 1962.

Like its predecessor and the previous record-holder, the all-new Civic Type R got going with a rolling start.

It hit a top speed of 231km/h during the record lap.

On the list of top 100 times for the circuit, this puts Civic Type R below the 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (2:23.04) but above the Ferrari F40 (2:25.26).

The current Type R develops 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque, even more overseas where the fuel quality is higher.

The new model is expected to see a revised version of this engine with an increase in power, and will be available only with a six-speed manual.

All-new Civic Type R is scheduled to make its global debut in the northern hemisphere summer of this year, which means June through August.

 

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