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…