The latest 2023 Civic Type R from Honda has set a new track record for front-wheel-drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, having completed the 20.8km circuit in 7.44.881 min.
For the record-setting lap, the turbocharged 330ps Civic Type R was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tires developed with Michelin using knowledge gained through the development of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S – the vehicle’s standard tire.
“Under the concept of ‘Ultimate SPORT 2.0’, we developed the all-new Civic Type R with the spirit of going beyond our past achievements and strove for the ultimate FWD sports car by refining the essential value and emotional appeal unique to our Type R models,” explained Hideki Kakinuma, Civic Type R development leader. “Since the start of sales in Japan in September 2022, we have received numerous customer feedback from all around the world filled with amazement and joy, far exceeding our expectations. However, we still had one more mission to fulfill, which was to claim the title as the world’s fastest FWD car with a record Nürburgring lap time.”
Kakinuma continued, “Six years after the lap record was set by the previous-generation Civic Type R (FK8), we reached this new dimension as a result of all the passion we poured in and all the advancements we made for this Type R model.”