Jenson Button leads Honda’s star-studded Civic Type R Time Attack 2018 challenge
Honda has gathered a who’s who of motoring talent for its Type R Time Attack 2018 challenge. The goal? To set new records at racetracks around Europe in the award-winning 2017 Honda Civic Type R.
Although the full line-up is yet to be finalised, Honda has confirmed that former Formula One World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button will be taking to the track in hopes of setting new front-wheel-drive lap time benchmarks. He’ll be joined by World Touring Car Championship drivers Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri, and NSX Super GT star Bertrand Baguette.
A similar challenge in 2016 saw the previous-generation Civic Type R tumble lap-time records at Silverstone (UK), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Monza (Italy), Estoril (Portugal) and Hungaroring (Hungary). The drivers that year included big names from the British Touring Car Championship and World Touring Car Championship.
For the 2018 edition, Honda has its sights set on Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Estoril, with further tracks to be announced.
With Honda’s new hot hatch the fastest-accelerating (0-62mph in 5.7 seconds) and quickest (169mph) in its class – not to mention the latest addition to the Type R line-up – it’d take a brave man or woman to bet against it.
Powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, the new Honda Civic Type R offers a peak power output of 320 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
In April 2017, a production development car became the fastest front-wheel drive production car ever around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 43.8 seconds. Watch the car in action below.
Honda will be showing the 2018 Time Attack Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for 8–18 March.