TYPE R CIVIC SETS LAP RECORD
FOLLOWING the production model’s debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show, allnew Honda Civic Type R has set a benchmark lap time for front-wheel drive cars the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
On April3, 2017, a preproduction car lapped world-famous circuit in 7 minutes 43.80 seconds.
The lap time was achieved during the final phase of the model’s testing regime, on a dry track with an optimum ambient temperature for best tyre and powertrain performance. The new time represents improvement of nearly 7 seconds compared to the model’s predecessor.
Civic Type R was part the all-new tenthgeneration Civic’s development programme – largest in Honda’s history and engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive hot hatch segment, both on road on the race track. Several factors contributed
new Civic Type R’s new benchmark time at the Nordschleife. At its heart is optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS 400Nm of torque. New lower gear ratios in the six-speed manual transmission further improve the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R‘s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.
The high-rigidity body frame of the all-new Civic Type R is 16kg lighter than previous model’s, with a torsional stiffness improvement of 38 per cent, which provides significant benefits to steering response and cornering stability. New multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking reduces the total roll movement of car, enabling later into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.
Ryuichi Kijima is the lead chassis engineer for Honda Civic Type R. He explains where all-new model shows the most significant improvements around Nürburgring compared to the previous generation car.
“The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, multi-link suspension rear optimised aerodynamics that improves stability, ” said Kijima-san. “For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h. Even this medium-speed corner, the speed is 10 km/h higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase
throughout the lap, helping R to achieve a much quicker time.”
The development car that achieved lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of cage was compensated for by the temporary removal infotainment system and rear seats. car using road legal track-focused tyres.
Production of the new Civic Type R will begin in summer 2017 at Honda UK Manufacturing (HUM) Swindon – global manufacturing hub for tenth generation Civic hatchback. The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan US. Its arrival in North America will mark first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
The Honda Civic TypeR in action at the Nurburgring Time Attack earlier this month. Picture: Patrick Gosling /Chris Brown