BLOODY GOOD - Honda Civic Type-R FK8
The Honda Civic Type R has continued its domination at European race tracks, and racked up another lap record – it’s final for the 2018 Type-R Challenge - this time at the Hungaroring in Hungary.
Following records at the Nürburgring, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Estoril and Spa-Francorchamps, Honda UK took a production spec FK8 Type-R, and planted former Formula 1 World Champion and former McLaren-Honda racer Jenson Button in the driver's seat, who proceeded to set a new FWD lap record at the Hungaroring, with a time of 2:10.19 - beating the 228kw FK2's time by just 0.66 of a second.
The iconic Hungaroring is 4.3km long and is an incredibly technical track, as proven in the recent Formula 1 race held at the circuit. There are a handful of quick directional changing sectors, as well as parts of the track that test the stability and braking ability under extreme braking. Interestingly, the 235kw FK8 was only 5 seconds off the Ferrari 488GTB’s pace at the Hungarian track.
Speaking about the benchmark time, Jenson Button said: “We came here to the Hungaroring, where I won my first F1 race in 2006 with Honda, to set a new front-wheel drive production lap record in the new Type R, and I’m very happy that we did it!”
The new benchmark time at Hungaroring is the fifth front-wheel drive lap record set by Honda in 2018. The endeavour mirrored a similar effort by Honda in 2016 with the previous-generation Type R, which set front-wheel drive benchmark times at Estoril, Hungaroring, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.
The South African spec Civic Type-R produces slightly less power than the UK-spec model, due to our extreme climate. Power is down from 235kw to 228kw, but the 2.0-litre turbocharger motor’s torque remains constant at 400nm. Expect 0 to 100kph in just 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 272kph. Honda retails the FK8 Type-R for R635 500 in South Africa, and it comes standard with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan and a 5-year/200 000 km warranty.
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