In the final round of the Type R Challenge, Honda stops by the Hungaroring GP circuit in Hungary and like the four rounds before this, they set a new lap record for a front wheel drive production car.
Driven by none other than Jenson Button, the Hungaroring GP holds a special significance for the retired Formula One World Champion, where he won his first ever Grand Prix with Honda in 2006. Speaking about the lap record, Button said: “We came here to the Hungaroring, where I won my first F1 race in 2006 with Honda, to set a new front-wheel drive production lap record in the new Type R, and I’m very happy that we did it!”
The 4.38 km circuit is a twisty and narrow track with 180-degree corners and a complex chicane, making it one of the more technical tracks in Europe. Button managed a new lap record of 2 min 10.19 seconds around Hungaroring GP.
Commenting on the Type R itself, Button said: “The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the car was. I come from a background that is not front-wheel drive focused, so it was very different for me but because the Type R is so well balanced it was instantly really enjoyable and more natural,”
“The thing that surprised me most is how late you can brake with this car. The manual gearbox works really well, too. Most cars these days don’t come with manual boxes, so it’s nice to have that manual feel. You always feel a lot more connected to the car.” he added.
To recap, the challenge saw five of Honda’s racing champions put the car through its paces around five tracks in Europe, setting new record lap times for a front-wheel drive production car.
- WTCR driver, Tiago Monteiro, set a lap record of 2:01.84 at Estoril circuit in Portugal
- BTCC legend, Matt Neal, set a lap record of 2:31.32 at Silverstone in the UK
- Japanese Super GT star, Bertrand Baguette, set a record of 2:53.72 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
- WTCR driver, Esteban Guerrieri, set a new 2:1.51 lap at the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France