Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Honda Civic Type R sets record at Hungaroring

Honda Civic Type R sets record at Hungaroring

Button knows the Hungaroring track quite well, given it's the same circuit he at which won his first Grand Prix race with Honda in 2006.

Honda has been busy setting new front-wheel drive lap records in the Civic Type R. They've already been to numerous European circuits - such as Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps - setting a new record every time.

The Hungaroring circuit is a twisty and narrow 4.38km track with 180-degree corners and a complex chicane, making it one of the more technical tracks in Europe. The British driver lapped the 2.7-mile Hungaroring, near the Hungarian capital of Budapest, in 2:10.19 minutes - a new record for a front-wheel-drive production auto.

"The thing that surprised me most is how late you can brake with this vehicle". The manual gearbox works really well, too.

And Jenson Button set a lap record of 2m10.19s at the Hungaroring. "You always feel a lot more connected to the auto".

This is actually the current Civic Type R's sixth lap record, since a pre-production model became the fastest front-wheel drive production vehicle ever round the Nurburgring Nordschleife in April 2017, with a lap of 7m43.8s. "You always feel a lot more connected to the auto", he added. It's something we agree with, which is why the Civic Type R managed to take home Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2018 award. Interestingly though the advantage held by the latest Civic Type R over its predecessor in Hungary wasn't all that great; the FK2 recorded a 2:10.8, and sixth tenths isn't much when you consider the new car's additional power and more advanced rear suspension.

The challenge saw five of Honda's racing champions put the auto through its paces around five tracks in Europe, setting new record lap times for a front-wheel drive production vehicle.

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