New Spa record for Civic Type R


Earlier this year we brought you news that Honda was set to return to several of the circuits at which it claimed front-wheel lap records back in 2016.

The aim was of course to improve upon the times set by the FK2 Type R at tracks including Spa, Silverstone and Estoril, and drum up a little positive attention for the current car in the process. This time around the drivers would include Tiago Monteiro, Esteban Guerrieri and some chap called Jenson something. But, whilst JB was in France this past weekend trying his hand at endurance racing, Honda has revealed that it was left to PH favourite Bertrand Baguette to return to his home land and have a crack at Spa.


As you can see from the below video, Mr Baguette certainly didn't hold back. Although, as is usually the case with a properly quick lap time - the Nordschleife excluded, obviously - everything looks remarkably calm and composed.

SPOILER ALERT - In the end the FK8 completed the lap in 2:53.7, beating the FK2's time of 2:56.9 by over three seconds and setting a new front-wheel drive production lap record in the process.

There doesn't seem to be any word yet on which combination of driver and track is next, although with Festival of Speed and the British Grand Prix approaching, a Button/ Silverstone lap could make sense. Regardless, it's nice to see the focus of the manufacturer lap record tit-for-tat move away from the Nurburgring for a second; now we just need to wait for someone else to try and go faster still...

 

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Comments (85) Join the discussion on the forum

  • RaineyDays 19 Jun 2018

    Love how bonkers these look. Not sure I’d be brave enough to buy one though

  • thegreenhell 19 Jun 2018

    It's easy to claim a record for something when nobody else is trying.

    Bertrand Baguette is surely a made up name? It sounds like a French cartoon character.

  • RacerMike 19 Jun 2018

    Interestingly only around a second faster than a Focus RS on Supersports

    https://youtu.be/So-Ps_lvi4g

    Does really beg the reality of that Ring time given the RS does an 8:06...

  • Ahbefive 19 Jun 2018

    RacerMike said:
    Interestingly only around a second faster than a Focus RS on Supersports

    https://youtu.be/So-Ps_lvi4g

    Does really beg the reality of that Ring time given the RS does an 8:06...
    I have seen a review where the edition version of the RS with the from LSD beats the Civic o track. I also think Hondas 'Ring lap record is somewhat suspect.

  • thunderpigeon 19 Jun 2018

    My colleague has a friend (good start to any story, so take it as you wish) who has helped organise these events and to those who are suspicious of the lap times, you can be. If they don't beat the record, there are a set of slicks in the truck or a remap put on.

    Not the biggest conspiracy ever, but still a little cheeky from Honda

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