Held previously by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, the new Japanese hot hatch lapped the 'Ring in a scant 7 minute 43.8 seconds. It also improved on its predecessor's lap time by nearly seven seconds despite only having 10 more horses. Honda says the new chassis and wider track allowed the new car to corner much faster.
Recorded on 3rd of April, the car that broke the record is a "development car that achieved the lap time and was technically representative of production specification,” says Honda. “A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but its presence did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame.
“The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the temporary removal of the infotainment system and rear seats. The car was using road legal track-focused tyres.”
Hmmm, so is it fair for Honda to claim the record? Let us know what you think!