New Time Attack laps for Civic Type R


Remember a couple of years back when Honda took it upon itself to set some self-certified lap records? The record breaking run took the team across Europe, taking in Silverstone, Spa, Monza, Estoril and the Hungaroring. Naturally the ethics of such an attempt were scrutinised pretty heavily, but it did get people talking about the car once more...

Here we are once again, in 2018, with Honda set to use the FK8 Civic Type R to surpass a few of those records and set some more, too. Once more the car will visit Spa, Silverstone and Estoril, with additional tracks to be announced soon. Interestingly, Jenson Button will be involved in driving duties this time, alongside Tiago Monteiro, Esteban Guerrieri and Belgian Bertrand Baguette. (Yes, that is a real name, he's a driver who plies his trade in Japanese Super GT.)


As with the previous record runs, this 2018 version is being used by Honda to draw attention to its Nurburgring record lap. But given that was very openly completed in a car with just one seat, it still looks rather more circumspect than most. Honda says the laps will "reinforce the class-leading status" of the car, though that claim is difficult to substantiate when no rivals have performed similar feats. Back to you, SEAT, Renault etc...

Honda will show the Time Attack Civic Type R at the Geneva show; expect more information on the laps in due course.

 

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  • krismccloy 28 Feb 2018

    Appears to be a nod at the original records set in '98.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-x9p45xPA

    Just look at the low slung, compact, lightweight Integra Type R clap


  • HustleRussell 28 Feb 2018

    Who is ‘scrutinising the ethics’ of this, and on what basis?

  • driftingphil 28 Feb 2018

    Lets hope this helps sell more cars here in the UK. So far I've only seen 1 of these new civic type r on the road.

    It's not looking good so far for picking one up used in a couple of years time.

  • havoc 28 Feb 2018

    krismccloy said:
    Appears to be a nod at the original records set in '98.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-x9p45xPA

    Just look at the low slung, compact, lightweight Integra Type R clap
    biggrin

    Any excuse to post a video of a DC2 in it's natural environment, eh?!?

  • Plug Life 28 Feb 2018

    Button & Baguette

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