Watch Honda Civic Type R Set A Record Around Spa-Francorchamps

Honda has dropped a new video of its record-setting front-wheel drive production car lap around Spa-Francorchamps where the circuit was lapped in just 2 minutes and 53.72 seconds.

The time comes part of Honda’s ‘Type R Challenge 2018’ where it intends on setting five new lap records at circuits across Europe. The Spa lap follows on from a lap record at the Magny-Cours GP circuit.

Sitting behind the wheel of the hot hatch for the Spa record was former LMP2 class world champion and current Honda NSX-GT driver, Bertrand Baguette. Alongside the Spa and Magny-Cours records, the Honda Civic Type R holds the title for the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the Nurburgring when it set a time of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds in April 2017.

For the remaining three record attempts, Honda will visit Silverstone, Estoril, and the Hungaroring. Each of these attempts will be undertaken by a different driver, namely Jenson Button, Tiago Monteiro and Matt Neal.

Watching the lap, it’s hard not to be impressed by what the Type R achieves. For example, it tackles Eau-Rouge at just under 200 km/h (124 mph) and remains composed throughout the rest of the lap. Given the caliber of the driver behind the wheel, this isn’t entirely surprising.

Powering the latest-generation Honda Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pumping out 315 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Like all other of generations of Civic Type Rs before it, drive is sent exclusively throughout the front wheels and a six-speed manual transmission remains the only gearbox option.



    I think it’s even more amazing when you consider the fact, that the CTR has always got those fairly crappy Continental Sportcontact 6 sports tyres. It’s beating rivals who’ve even got Michelin Cup2s on them.

    • Vassilis

      I think those Contis are pretty good. That’s what I’ve heard at least. Nothing like the Cup 2s obviously but still a good sport tyre.


        From what I hear and read, they are worse than Michelins normal sporty tyres – the Pilot Sport 4 S or the Pirelli P Zeros (not Trofeo Rs). These are its rival tyres.

  • SteersUright

    Stunning car let down by its looks and engine sound. Fix those two and it would be every enthusiasts dream car. Another thing though, the FWD might be amazing on the track, but 0-60mph in 5.7 is pretty shitty for any real performance car’s street cred. It means that with a good start, any regular GTi or even Miata might be just as fast from a red light launch and you’re left telling your friends, “well if we were on a track…”.

    • DMax

      0-60 is a meaningless number. CTR will destroy GTI or Miata in any roll race or on any track (why would you buy it if you would never take it to tracks?), both of which are much better performance measures. For all 0-60 fanatics there are plenty of muscle cars around. This car is about overall driving enjoyment, with which 0-60 has little to do. And I personally like the way it looks – obnoxious like a hot hatch should.

    • Shahul Usman

      Yea the looks kill me mostly the rear honestly.. and I miss the high strung honda sound I grew up with as a kid (ricer at heart, but drive a vette now)..

    • Dude

      Uh, no stock Miata is going to have a 0-60 under 6s. The muted exhaust is a let down, but looks are subjective and if red light launches are how you judge a car then the Type R isn’t for you

    • Vassilis

      Speaking out of experience, you’re very wrong my friend. Outside good sportscars no car can stand next to a top hot hatch both on a straight line and in the corners. 0-62 under six is serious performance. The GTI is almost 1 sec slower and the Miata is more than 1 sec slower. Then you have in-gear acceleration. They’re not even close.

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