Honda Civic Type R Sets Lap Record At Bathurst For FWD Production Cars

The Honda Civic Type R has broken yet another track record for front-wheel drive production cars, this time at the Mount Panorama, Bathurst circuit, in Australia. In the hands of the 2009 Formula 1 world champion and Honda ambassador, Jenson Button, the hot hatch posted a lap of 2:35.207.

Button put the vehicle through its paces on Easter Monday, on the 6.2 km (3.9 miles) long track, attacking its 23 corners and coping with the 174-meter (571 feet) vertical difference between the lowest and highest points. The time was achieved in one of his 14 laps that spread over a one-hour session in the morning and another short ten-minute session in the afternoon.

Also Watch: Honda Civic Type R Sets A Record Around Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

“Anything you drive around Mount Panorama is pretty amazing. Up across the top of the mountain, the Type R is so fast through there, so once I got into a rhythm and got used to the speed you carry, it was really good fun”, said Button. “I definitely put the car through its paces and it was quick time, 2 minutes and 35 seconds is a really good time in a front-wheel drive car, and it was hot as well, so I think if it was cooler, you could go a bit quicker, but I do feel like a got everything out of the car.”

The British driver also holds the unofficial lap record at Mount Panorama in an F1 car. Button ran the course in 1:48.8 back in 2011, as part of a special event to promote the Australian Grand Prix. He’s also esponsible for breaking the lap record for FWD production cars at the Hungaroring last year, once again in the Civic Type R.

So far, Honda’s hot hatch is the quickest front-wheel drive production vehicle at various circuits such as the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Estoril and Magny-Cours, although this is the first record set outside Europe.

In Australia, it is available in a single grade, with a starting price of AUD $51,990 (USD $36,450). It gets a standard electronically controlled suspension with three driving modes, Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels with Continental SportContact 6 tires, a suite of safety features and others.

 

more photos...
  • Six_Tymes

    certainly a talented driver. that ugly rear bumper needs to go. it looks like a joke with those giant fake plastic vent grills, its like a clown’s car

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I used to love Type Rs. Even the oddests ones. This time Honda screwed for me. It’s outright ugly. That curve on the side, the rear, the design of the back door (which shouldn’t be there anyways), the front…that wing….i don’t know where to start. To me it is a hard buy.

  • Bash

    So, how many buttons are inside the Honda Civic type R?…
    whatever you say + 1 lol 😆

Chevolet Blazer XL Outed In China, Will Be Available In Both Five- And Seven-Seat Configurations

The Chinese-spec model will be offered exclusively with a 227 HP turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

Elon Musk Testifies That He’s Financially Illiquid (!) In British Driver Lawsuit

Although Musk is reportedly worth $23.6 billion, most of his wealth is tied up to his stakes in SpaceX and Tesla.

Hyundai Made An Awesome iMax N ‘Drift Bus’ With A 400 HP Twin-Turbo V6 And RWD

The tuned people carrier will compete in three events in this weekend’s World Time Attack Challenge in Australia.

Ford Dealer Is Selling 700 HP Mustangs With A Warranty For Under $40,000

Buying The Roush supercharger of these Ford Mustang GTs usually costs $7,699 alone.

Volvo Wants To Be An All-Electric Brand By 2040

Volvo will become an all-electric brand when customer demand for its EVs is high enough.

A BMW M8 Touring Would Look Absolutely Glorious

Considering there’s no BMW M5 Touring on the market, an M8 Touring could make sense.

Which Is The Better SUV; Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Or Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio?

Both the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV deliver 503 hp from twin-turbo engines.

2020 Hyundai Grandeur (Azera) Is Getting A Nip And A Tuck

The revised Hyundai Grandeur, known as the Azera in America, includes revised lights.

Next-Gen Mercedes-AMG C63 Tipped To Get A Four-Cylinder Turbo Engine With Electrification

Aside from ditching the V8, Mercedes-AMG could also kill the next C63 Estate.

Tesla Bumps Up Prices Of Entry-Level Model 3 And Performance

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus now starts at $39,490 while the Model 3 Performance is $56,990.