The Honda Civic Type R recently claimed the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel drive cars. Well, as with most record runs these days, this one too, is likely to raise a controversy.
Honda released an onboard video of the record run, complete with a clear view of the vehicle’s instrument cluster. So clearly, they haven’t got anything to hide. That being said, experts are now starting to weigh in, raising doubts over whether the car used for the record run had a stock engine.
Misha Charoudin, who certainly knows a thing or two about the Nordschleife, has shared a video comparing the stats of two stock Civic Type Rs at the same section of the track. The video highlights the cars’ speed, engine RPM, turbo boost pressure, etc. As you will note, there’s quite a discrepancy with the car used for the record run.
Honda stated that they had removed the air-conditioning, electric mirrors and parking sensors to reduce the overall weight of the Civic Type R. However, Honda may have made a few modifications under the bonnet as well. Misha suspects the car may be running a higher boost pressure and seems to have a shorter final drive.
What do you think? Did Honda use a heavily modified Civic Type R for the Nurburgring lap record? Let us know in the comments.