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.
We aim to break lap records, for front-wheel drive cars, at five famous European race circuits.
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.
Stay with us for more videos, as our top racing drivers push the Type R – the fastest accelerating front-wheel drive hatchback in its class – to the limit.
With this track having such a long straight, the Type R’s aerodynamics will be an essential factor in achieving a good lap time at this 4.530 km circuit, where the existing lap record is 2:04.08. The tight twisty sections will bring out the best of the car’s handling qualities too.
A fast track that demands high-speed agility and stability. The Type R’s lighter chassis and multi-link rear suspension will really come into its own at this legendary 5.141 km circuit where our target will be to beat the existing lap record of 2:31.85.
One of the most historic Grand Prix circuits in Europe. This formidable, and long 7.004 km circuit located within the Ardennes forest – notorious for its ‘Eau Rouge” corner – will push the Type R and the driver to the limit as they attempt to break the existing lap record of 2:56.91.
A technically difficult 4.381 km track situated close to Budapest, this circuit has an existing lap record of 2:10.85 and will be a real test for the Type R as it combines some very tight and twisty, undulating sections with a very long start finish straight.
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
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.