Honda hints at even faster Civic Type Rby Justin King
The company is already prepared to take back the FWD Nurburgring record if it is topped by a rival.
Honda has hinted that it is ready to build an even faster version of the new Civic Type R.
The high-performance range-topper currently holds the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars, lapping the Green Hell in just 7:50.63. A pre-production prototype achieved the benchmark time, with some components removed to offset the weight of the roll cage, however the cage was held by rubber mounts to avoid any increase in the car's rigidity.
Rivals are undoubtedly working on projects to unseat the new FWD king of the 'Ring, but Honda is already preparing to take back the title by making necessary modifications to the forthcoming Type R.
"If someone takes our fastest lap, we'll take it back," Civic Type R chief engineer Hisayuki Yagi told Top Gear. "You can feel there is headroom for more power from the engine. It's all about power-to-weight ratio."
The engineer suggests the Type R's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is capable of adding at least 20 extra horsepower, on top of the existing 306 ponies for the production version. A weight savings of at least 110 pounds is also said to be attainable.
Close rivals include the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy, which posted a 7:54.36 lap a year ago, and the SEAT Leon Cupra 280 with a 7:58.4 time.
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