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2018 Honda Civic Type R claims Nürburgring lap record… again

The all-new 2018 Honda Civic Type R has claimed the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, setting a time of 7min43.80secs. 

THE NEW HONDA CIVIC TYPE R has raced its way around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7min43.80secs to set a front-wheel drive lap record. This car’s predecessor had also held the front-wheel drive lap record, with the new car beating its time by seven seconds.

Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R, he said: “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability.

“For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”

The development car that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the temporary removal of the infotainment system and rear seats. The car was using road legal track-focused tyres.

The new Honda Civic Type R will begin production later this year and go on-sale in Australia towards the end of this year.

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Isaac Bober

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