2023 Honda Civic Type R Might Have Set A New Nurburgring Lap Record This Week

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The Japanese brand shut down the Green Hell yesterday for the attempt.

The Honda Civic Type R may have set a new Nurburgring lap record after the Green Hell was eerily empty two days ago, aside from two Type R hot hatches going flat out.

Nurburgring taxi driver and YouTube personality Misha Charoudin took to his personal Instagram account to share a video of two Type Rs attacking the famed German circuit in what he suggests was Honda's attempt at reclaiming the front-wheel-drive lap record from the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.

The timing stays true to Honda's previous attempts, which have always been towards the end of the year but before the Nurburgring is shut down due to snow on the track. Charoudin speculates that the conditions were perfect for the run - and given his experience on the circuit, who are we to question that.

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"The conditions are good, the intake temps are cold, yet the track is not as cold as yesterday," says Charoudin's post. "Ambient temps around 9-12 degrees Celsius. If the track is completely dry, there is a good chance for a nice lap time."

He could not time the lap or get to T13 in time to see if the timing beacons were out for the run, so any claimed times are purely speculative.

However, if Honda is to be victorious, the hardcore Civic will have to topple the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R from its throne. In 2017, the previous-generation Type R lapped the track in 7:43.8. Not only was this seven seconds faster than its predecessor, but it was the fastest Nurburgring lap ever by a front-wheel drive car at the time.

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Not long after, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R lapped the circuit in 7:40.1, a record it still holds to this day.

Beating the lithe Megane will prove difficult for the new Civic Type R, but it's not impossible. The FK8 Civic Type R LE, a lightened special edition, beat the Renault around Japan's Suzuka Circuit when it achieved a lap time of 2:23.993 - nearly two seconds faster than its French rival.

This year, the latest Civic Type R blitzed the outgoing model's lap time at Suzuka, achieving a time of 2:23.120. With this in mind, the Nurburgring FWD lap record may return to Honda once again.

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Of course, this isn't the first time the Civic Type R has been spotted on the Nurburgring. The Japanese hot hatch has had several outings to the track, mostly during the development process.

We look forward to seeing whether the Honda can shatter the record, but it won't be easy. With 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the Civic Type R is more powerful than the Trophy-R, which packs 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. However, the Renault counters with a featherweight mass of just 2,879 lbs. That is considerably lighter than the Honda, which tips the scales at 3,188 lbs.

Hopefully, we'll hear from Honda before year-end.

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