Honda Civic Type R Nurburgring recordHonda has revealed it has set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife front-drive lap record with the Civic Type R – smashing the Renault Megane Trophy-R’s time by nearly four seconds.

The Japanese firm’s new 167mph hot hatch scorched round in 7 minutes 50.63 seconds, well in front of the Megane Trophy-R’s 7 minutes 54.36 seconds time.

Honda actually set the time last May, and the firm confirmed it was a development car but is identical to the production version going on sale for £29,995 in the summer.

It did have a roll cage installed, but this was non-structural: chief engineer Yagi-san revealed to us it was actually mounted on rubber bushes to not interfere with the structural rigidity.

Because the roll cage is a weighty thing, Honda removed the air con, in-car entertainment system and front passenger seat to offset the weight increase.

All other areas – engine tune, suspension, exhaust, brakes and aerodynamics – are the same as the production car.

The firm adds that it’s going back to the Nurburgring this summer, with a showroom-ready Civic Type R – to ensure it can officially claim the fastest lap record for a front-wheel drive production car.

Unless rivals from Renault and SEAT get in there first, that is…

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