A 2017 Honda Civic Type R has set a new front-wheel drive lap record of 7min 43.8sec at Nürburgring. The lap time was achieved in development car with technical specifications representative of the final production car. Production of the new Civic Type R will begin in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon. Ryuichi Kijima, lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R, explains “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability”