Honda Civic Type R sets Hungaroring FWD lap record

Civic Type R Challenge wraps up with Hungaroring record

It's five out of five for the FK8 Honda Civic Type R, the auto managing to set a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Hungaroring GP circuit.

The Honda Civic Type R has claimed its fifth European lap record in the hands of former F1 world champion Jenson Button.

Honda has just completed the final part of its Civic Type R Challenge, which succeeded in setting new lap records at five different tracks around Europe this year.

The narrow, twisty 4.38km Hungaroring is one of Europe's most technical tracks, with 180 degree corners and a complex chicane. He described the Type R as "really enjoyable and more natural" because of its balance, and joined every single person who's ever driven a fast Honda in praising its manual gearbox.

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Commenting on the Civic Type R, Button said, 'The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the auto was.

Honda also released an onboard video of the full lap to prove its validity and give us a glimpse of how the Civic Type R handles with an ex F1 world champion behind the wheel. You always feel a lot more connected to the vehicle. 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.

But the Hungaroring is that more special when paired with Jenson Button. 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.

That being said, the new Civic Type R remains the quickest and fastest accelerating vehicle in its class, thanks to a combination of its lightweight, highly rigid body shell and unique dual-axis strut front suspension system, which reduces torque steer and conquers hard cornering.


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