The Honda Civic Type R is the World’s Fastest Front-Wheel-Drive Production Car! On April 3, 2017, the all new 2017 Honda Civic Type R claimed the title of the world’s fastest production front-wheel-drive production car, lapping the 12.9-mile Nordschleife at Germany’s Nürburgring in a record breaking 7 minutes and 43.80 seconds. This highlights an improvement of almost 7 seconds over the previous European market Type R and over 3 seconds faster than the previous FWD record.
No doubt the high performance 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine, which gets an impressive peak output of 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, helped in this record setting feat. The engine is the most powerful Honda engine ever sold in America and features a six-speed manual transmission with new, lower gear ratios that improve the cars acceleration.
Ryuichi Kijima, the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R development explains the model’s most significant improvements around the Nürburgring compared to the previous-generation car: “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tires, a longer wheelbase, a new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimized aerodynamics that improve stability. For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h (93 mph). Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h (6 mph) higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”
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