Though some of us who race with PBOC may be slightly biased towards European cars, there’s no denying that the newest Honda Civic Type R is a very capable track car. After setting a mind-blowing lap time at the Nurburgring, Honda is taking the Type R on a tour around Europe to some of the most famous tracks in the world for some lap-record-setting practice.
The special time-attack version of the Type R is aiming to set lap records for a front-wheel drive production car at famous tracks like Spa, Estoril, and Silverstone among others. Honda is putting its very best drivers behind the wheel as well, bringing out superstars like NSX Super GT drivers Jenson Button and Bertrand Baguette to put the car through its paces.
WTCR drivers Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri are set to come back for the 2018 repeat of an event that Honda ran on European circuits back in 2016 with the old Type R, and they aim to beat their old times substantially while setting records at tracks they didn’t visit in 2016.
The time-attack version of the Type R is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and is expected to be almost totally production-spec, unlike the newly unveiled BTCC-spec version, in order to keep their record attempts valid. Look for a possible roll cage and stickier tires being used during the record attempts, but those are expected to be the only variances from the production-spec model.