The 2021 Honda Civic Type R is faster thanks to a mid-cycle refresh but the Limited Edition model was meant to break records.
It was Phoenix Yellow, fast, and had a Ford Focus RS following it. According to photographer RaceTracer.de on their official photo site and an update from CivicX.com, this Limited Edition Time Attack Honda Civic Type R was spotted on the Nurburgring hustling it around corners, some say, a big sign that Honda is (or already has) been hot lapping its fastest Honda Civic Type R yet to steal back the Front Wheel Drive ring record from the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R.
It’s hard to make out make out anything dynamically, looking at photos but it’s worth noting this is a test car with license plate F-H2192, worth noting for future sightings.
In several shots, he has a passenger riding shotgun, possibly for real time feedback.
By all accounts, this Civic Type R was taking the racing line, the most efficient and fastest way around.
This is not the first time this hotted up Civic Type R has been spotted on the ring hustling it around corners but this is the first time with no camo up front. Here’s some footage from a little over a year ago with what I presume is the Civic Type R with limited edition bits and pieces.
As it stands, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R has the ring time record for FWD at 7:40.1, taking a sizeable chunk from the Honda Civic Type R’s record a few years back at 7:43.8.
While power remains the same for the new Honda Civic Type R, everything else is sharper.
Improved cooling means this Honda Civic Type R will make peak power when it counts the most.
The Adaptive Damper System on the Civic Type R reacts to real-time road conditions 10-times faster than the previous Civic Type R. Out back, rear bushings are stiffer for better handling under compression and up front, new ball joints mean sharper steering.
To make stopping that much easier, Type R’s for 2021 now have two-piece rotors with better pads.
This Limited Edition ratchets the Type R to 11 with lighter wheels, close to 30 pounds less weight, more aggressive dampers for maximum attack and recalibrated steering.
Whereas Renault only made 500 Trophy Rs, Honda will sell 100 more in the United States alone, not to mention the hundreds of other Limited Editions for the rest of the global market.
This citing is confirmation, it’s not a matter of if but when Honda will take back the front-wheel drive crown from the French.