2023 Honda Civic Type R Sets FWD Track Record at Nürburgring

2023 Honda Civic Type R At Nurburgring Track
The 2023 Honda Civic Type R, the fastest and most powerful Honda vehicle ever offered in the U.S., has achieved lap records at two renowned racetracks: Suzuka and Nürburgring Nordschleife. This new Civic Type R, representing the pinnacle of Honda factory performance, has demonstrated its exceptional capabilities by setting a new track record for a front-wheel drive car1 around the challenging 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. During testing and performance evaluation, the Civic Type R achieved an officially measured lap time of 7 minutes 44.881 seconds2, showcasing its improved dynamic performance compared to its predecessor. Captured on in-car video, this record-setting lap highlights the remarkable achievements of the new Civic Type R.
During the record-setting lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Civic Type R3 utilized specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect tires. These tires were developed in collaboration with Michelin, drawing upon their expertise gained from creating the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, which serves as the standard tire for the turbocharged hot hatch. These high-performance tires, available through Honda dealers, significantly enhance the circuit performance of the vehicle. They offer improved dry grip, further augmenting the Type R’s already well-balanced handling capabilities.

"To our Civic Type R fans all over the world: Under the concept of 'Ultimate SPORT 2.0,' we developed the all-new Civic Type R with the spirit of 'going beyond our past achievements' and strived for the ultimate FWD sports car by refining the 'essential value' and 'emotional appeal' unique only to our Type R models. Since the start of sales in Japan in September 2022, we have received numerous customer feedback from all around the world filled with amazement and joy, far exceeding our expectations. However, we still had one more mission to fulfill, which was to claim the title as the world's fastest FWD car with a record Nürburgring lap time. Six years after the lap record was set by the previous-generation Civic Type R (FK8), we reached this new dimension as a result of all of the passions we poured in and all the advancements we made for this Type R model. Finally, our wish to share this title with all Type R fans all around the world came true. We sincerely hope that all current and prospective owners of the Type R will enjoy and love their vehicle with the pride we share with you."

Source: Honda Media Newsroom

1Based on Honda internal research (as of April 2023).
2An official Nürburgring Nordschleife lap measurement. The lap time was measured based on the official rules instituted in 2019, with a full lap of the Nordschleife, which is 20.832 km long. Before 2019, lap times were measured with the lap length of 20.600 km and were not officially certified by the Nürburgring.
3The lap time was set using a Type R that is a lighter version of the latest model. This model will be available to order in European LHD markets only, and will be referred to as a Type R S grade.