Nurburgring

Honda’s WTCC programme on target to deliver the next Civic Type R (w/VIDEO)

Last month at the Paris Motor Show, Honda announced that a new Type R was on its way for European customers, with the simple aim of becoming the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the 12.9 mile Nürburgring.

Their approach to achieving this goal is through racing, specifically competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championships with drivers Tiago Montiero and Fabrizio Giovanardi. And the brand new car they are developing for the series, is due to make its debut on 20th October, at the Suzuka rounds of this year’s championship.

Porsche 911 Carrera S laps the Nürburgring in 7 min 38 seconds (w/VIDEO)

The performance of hyper cars around the Nürburgring, can sometimes be so overwhelming that we lose sight of what’s possible with cars which are considerably more affordable.

Recently, Porsche’s £650,000+ prototype 918 Spyder set a lap time of 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nordschleife, and although an awesomely quick time, it was propelled by a 784bhp hybrid powerplant and the optional “Weissach” performance package.

Honda’s next Civic Type R aims for Renault’s Megane RS Nürburgring lap record

Honda has some lofty ambitions for its next Civic Type R. Having remained a mostly sub-200bhp hatchback since it arrived on these shores back in 2001, the Type R is ready to rise above its humble origins and shoot for class honours.

In a tweet this morning, Honda UK announced a new Type R was on its way and “..it’s going to be fast!”

Porsche agree Martini Racing livery for the 918 Spyder

Picture the race livery of a factory Porsche from the ’70s or 80’s and chances are you’ll either think of the blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, or the red and blue stripes of Martini Racing. So it makes an evocative statement to see those Martini colours on Porsche’s 918 Spyder prototype, a road car which might just make an appearance in competition during the next few years.

Audi makes a record with its R8 e-tron at the Nürburgring

Audi has claimed a world record for its R8 e-tron, lapping the Nürburgring in 8:09.099 minutes, but it’s important to note this is a ‘production’ EV record not the outright EV lap of the ‘ring, which Toyota still hold with their electric-powered Radical-bodied TMG EV P001.