Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - Fasten your seat belt and get ready for the fastest three minutes of the week, as we ride along for a record lap of the iconic Belgian circuit with LMP2 class world champion and NSX-GT driver Bertrand Baguette in the ‘Type R Challenge’ Honda Civic.
Baguette’s time around the superfast seven-kilometre circuit of 2m53.72s was significantly faster than the old record, set in a previous-generation Type R in 2016.
This is the second of five planned attempts this year at setting front-wheel drive lap record times at classic European racing circuits, in a bog-standard Civic Type R with road tyres. The first is already done and dusted after WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri took this car around Magny Cours in France in a record time for a front-wheel drive car of 2m01.51s.
Actually Honda claims it’s the third of six, because this Civic Type R already owns the front wheel-drive road car record for the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring at 7m43.8s, set in April 2017.