The Honda Civic Type R 2017 returns to be the king of the front in Nürburgring

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   Agustus 02, 2017
The time war in the Nürburgring Nordschleife among the fastest front-wheel drive on the market returns to gain importance with a new record. The Japanese manufacturer Honda has announced, almost a year after the previous Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S record, that its new Honda Civic Type R has reclaimed its crown as the fastest front-wheel drive in the Ring.

The new Type R, presented in the past Geneva Motor Show and equipped with a powerful 2.0 liter VTEC Turbo engine of 320 hp and 400 Nm along with a manual gearbox, has managed to stop the time in the Green Hell in 7 minutes And 43 seconds, ie four seconds less than the German model that until now was the undisputed king of the 'front'.

The record, with a time almost seven seconds lower than the previous Type R, was achieved last April 3 - although it was announced today - with a unit of development of the model and during the last phase of testing the car, with the Dry track and an ideal temperature for tire and engine performance.
The car used for the record was a development unit with production specifications, although equipped with a roll cage. The additional weight of the cage was compensated by temporarily removing the rear seats and the multimedia system, though Honda assures that the cage did nothing to improve the overall rigidity. They also emphasize the tires, oriented to circuit but homologated for street - do not detail which, although in some image equipment Continental -.

Honda claims that the secret of this new Civic Type R - which, by the way, we tried a few months ago in its more mundane versions - is a light weight saving (16 kilos less), shorter developments for the gearbox, Optimized propeller, aerodynamic changes and a stiffer body, as well as a multi-link rear axle that improves the dynamics of the model.

"The cornering speed achieved in this new Type R is higher due to the widened tracks and tires, a longer battle, new rear multi-axle and improved aerodynamics to gain stability," says Ryuichi Kijima, chief engineer Of chassis in the project Civic Type R. The definitive model, by the way, will begin to take place this summer in the British plant of Swindon, soon to arrive to the market.

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