Jenson Button sets new Bathurst lap record with the Civic Type R

Honda’s hot hatch is now the fastest FWD production car around that circuit
by Greg Potts | May 10, 2019
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Honda has deployed the Civic Type R to set a new front-wheel-drive, production-car lap record at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, Australia. Not the most exciting news, you may think, but the driver was a certain Jenson Button. Nice to know he’s still doing his thing, isn’t it?

The former Honda F1 driver set a time of 2min 35.2sec on the 6.213km circuit—home to the bonkers Bathurst 1000—which is actually considered a public road for 350 days of the year.

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Incidentally, Button also holds the unofficial, all-time lap-record on the Mount Panorama circuit, having done a 1min 48.8sec in a Formula 1 car in 2011 while promoting the Australian GP, which is held a short (in Australian terms) eight-hour drive away in Melbourne.

The Type R was in complete road-legal spec, and we’d wager that the tires were still in pristine condition after the record given Button’s smooth-as-you-like driving style.

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The attempt follows Honda’s 2018 Type R Challenge, where five different drivers set front-wheel-drive records at five different circuits around Europe. Button set the final lap record at the Hungaroring—the site of his first F1 victory with Honda—after Magny Cours, Spa, Silverstone, and Estoril had already been conquered.

The Civic Type R also holds the current front-wheel-drive production-car lap record at the Nürburgring, having set a time of 7min 43.8sec back in April 2017. It’s a proper bit of kit, isn’t it?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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