Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Jenson Button breaks lap record in Honda Civic Type R record

Jenson Button breaks lap record in Honda Civic Type R record

Back in 2006, the Briton won his first Grand Prix here for Honda, with Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren-Mercedes) and Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) finishing on second and third.

Honda has been out to prove the performance of its Civic Type R since the feisty hatch debuted for the 2017 model year, and its yardstick has been to set the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at famous race tracks around the globe, including the Nürburgring.

After hopping behind the wheel of the 306-horsepower Civic Type R for a hot lap of the 2.7-mile Hungaroring, Button came away with a time of 2:10.19. The manual gearbox works really well, too. The new lap time set in the current Type R is the fifth and final of a series of successful lap record attempts across Europe in 2018. Most cars these days don't come with manual boxes, so it's nice to have that manual feel.

Probably more familiar to motorsport fans, though, is British Touring Car Championship driver Matt Neal, who took the Civic to a Silverstone lap record of 2:31.32 minutes. The automaker had set the previous benchmark time on the 4.38 km-long track during a similar challenge in 2016, using the previous-generation Civic Type R.

The latest gen Civic Type R is the sportiest avatar of the Civic and is only sold in hatchback form globally.

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But the Hungaroring is that more special when paired with Jenson Button.

"What surprised me most is how late you can brake with this auto", he added, "and the manual gearbox - most cars these days don't come with manual boxes, so it's nice to have that manual feel".

The challenge was thought up after the Type R became the fastest FWD production auto ever to round the Nürburgring Nordschleife in April 2017.

"This new Type R is a mega bit of kit, as they always have been, and it's definitely not lost any of its charm", said Button.

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