Honda managed to record the fifth record for front-end cars in Europe, ending the entire Civic Type R Challenge 2018 event. This time, the achievement of former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button.
On the long and narrow 4.38-km runway in Hungary, the Honda team uses the Civic Type R, the standard version of the standard tire. The record tour also turns out to be a good test for the damping system, which aims to provide a firmer and smoother control while driving at high speed.
The hot hatch has undergone some changes, such as a specific steering adjustment and improved aerodynamics. After setting the record, Button said he was extremely happy with the achievement, as it was on this track 12 years ago that he won his first Formula One race.
The Briton did not fail to praise the car as he says he has a good braking and excellent gearbox. According to Button, the relationship between the car and the pilot is tangible, with the Honda Civic Type R being one of the few cars that have managed to preserve their charm over the years.
Button’s time is 2 minutes and 10.19 seconds, and is 0.66 seconds better than Norbert Michelitz, who recorded the track record in 2016 with the previous generation of the model. So CivicType R puts 5 European track records this year, having previously recorded the best achievements of Estoril (Portugal), Spa-Franconian (Belgium), Manicur (France) and Silverstone (England).