Honda is asking a former F1 champion to show the world how fast the Civic Type R really is by setting lap records in several legendary European race tracks.
And he’ll have help from a few World Touring Car racers too.
Back in 2016, Honda held a silly little event for their fourth generation Civic Type R. They took World Touring Car and British Touring Car Championship drivers and told them to drive around five historic European race tracks: Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril, and Hungaroring.
Now with the fifth generation Type R, Honda plans to do it all again, only this time they’ve got a former F1 World to do it: Jenson Button.
British born Button won the 2009 F1 World Championship and then retired from F1 racing in 2016. He currently races in the Japanese Super GT Series.
Joining him will be several World Touring Car drivers: Tiago Monteiro (from Portugal), Esteban Guerrieri (from Argentina) and NSX Super GT star Bertrand Baguette (from Belgium).
Button and his ragtag team of race car drivers will take the 2018 Type R to Silverstone Circuit in the UK, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, and Estoril race track in Portugal. The remaining two racetracks have yet to be announced by Honda.
Although, it should be noted that the Type R recently went to the Nürburgring and set a track record for a front-wheel drive car, completing the track in seven minutes, 43.8 seconds. Given the lineup of drivers and the Type R being a current record holder, it seems likely the team will visit the Nürburgring again to see if they can beat that previous time.
The fifth generation Type R is definitely an impressively hot hatchback. Powered by a 2.0-L turbocharged engine producing 315 hp and 295 lb-ft torque, the Type R boasts a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph) and a 0-60 time of under 5.7 seconds.
It also looks like a tuner garage’s wet dream come true with a rear wing that has more angles than the entire car does.
We’ll be sure to hear more of Honda’s antics as they take their team of racers on a world tour.