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Civic Type R Challenge

Five circuits, five drivers, one car

Our driver line-up for the Type R Challenge 2018 will be former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, WTCC drivers Esteban Guerrieri and Tiago Monteiro, NSX Super GT star, Bertrand Baguette and BTCC legend Matt Neal.


Honda Type R Challenge logo.

Challenging times

We aim to break lap records, for front-wheel drive cars, at five famous European race circuits.

Breaking records

The hard-charging Honda Civic Type R gets off to a great start by claiming its first lap record at Magny Cours in France. With another four events to come – during the summer months – we’ll be showing just how hot our hot-hatch really is, as we go all-out to break the lap record at these other circuits.

Honda Civic Type R Challenge event line up.
People call the Type R the ultimate performance hot hatch and we proved today that it really is; the car continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible from front wheel drive.” Esteban Guerrieri
Close up of Honda Civic Type R in garage.

Just for the record

Only a Type R has the famous red ’H’ badge.

A race car for the road, created to be the most exhilarating and rewarding drive in the hot-hatch arena – and it delivers. In April 2017, it became the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7min 43.8sec.

Front three-quarter facing Honda Civic Type R on the Nürburgring.