Woking's latest also beat its own 675LT.
Among the tracks where the Honda Civic Type R has set records recently was Magny-Cours in France. But that was for front-drive production cars. Further up the field, a far more powerful car has claimed the record for the fastest street-legal production car of any kind.
That supremely capable supercar, it may come as little surprise, is the McLaren 720S. Woking's latest set a blistering time of 1:47.05 – running, mind you, on a set of semi-slick (but still nominally street-legal) Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, (just like the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ on the Nurburgring). And you can watch it all transpire in this video from France's Motorsport magazine.
The blistering lap time was fast enough around the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours to beat not only the Civic's 2:01.5, but other machinery the McLaren's league as well. It bested the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, which lapped the grand-prix circuit less than a second slower at 1:47.52 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (1:48.74). It also beat the old McLaren 675LT (at 1:48 even).
The Radical SR8 RX has managed to go quicker at 1:43.4, but that's barely street-legal, and hardly what you'd call a standard production car. Impressively, though, the 720S managed to narrowly beat Radical's RXC V8 (at 1:47.26).
The outright lap record still belongs firmly to the realm of Formula One racers. Juan Pablo Montoya took pole for the 2002 French Grand Prix in 1:11.985 piloting the Williams FW24, but that was on the old layout. On the new one, Fernando Alonso hustled his Renault R24 to pole in 2004 at 1:13.698. The fastest race lap was achieved by Michael Schumacher, who rounded the circuit in just 1:15.377 behind the wheel of the Ferrari F2004. The circuit hosted the F1 race from 1991 through 2008 before it was put on hiatus, only to return this year to Paul Ricard further south.