The Honda Civic Type R has already snagged the record for fastest front-wheel drive car around Germany’s notorious Nürburgring. But it seems owning the competition at the Green Hell wasn’t enough, because Honda has just released footage of the little pocket rocket tackling the famed bends at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and the results were predictably impressive.
Ace pilot Bertrand Baguette, who also won the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013, managed to fling the 306-horsepower Type R around the track in a scant 2:53.72, and did it without the benefit of dedicated racing tires or any other performance adders.
The car he used was just like the one you can pick up at your local AutoNation Honda dealer.
Fortunately, if you like videos that show a race driver ripping around a circuit in a hot rod Honda, then you’re in luck, as this feat was accomplished as part of the 2018 Type R Challenge, the company’s campaign to set similar records at some of the world’s most iconic race tracks. Last month, World Touring Car Cup driver Esteban Guerrieri took down the standing best time at the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France, and attempts at England’s Silverstone, Portugal’s Estoril, and Hungary’s Hungaroring are still on the agenda.
At some point, we expect that Honda will take its Type R pickup concept to the ‘Ring to set a fastest front-wheel drive pickup record there, because if they went to all the trouble of building it, why not? Unfortunately, there’d be an asterisk next to that number, because the company was crystal clear in that it has no plans to produce it for the masses. That said, we’d still like to see the video. Enjoy.