Honda Civic Type R - Best track day cars
As many petrolheads are aware, Honda has a history of making VTEC performance engines that deliver their best hit of power at the top end of the rev range.
As many petrolheads are aware, Honda has a history of making VTEC performance engines that deliver their best hit of power at the top end of the rev range. Which, as luck would have it, is ideal for exhilarating track driving. Hondas may have previously come in second on the road where mid-range and bottom end grunt provides an advantage, but let loose on a track and VTEC Hondas will come alive.
Better still, the latest Honda Civic Type R overcomes this low-end performance issue with a 2.0-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine equipped with a meaty turbocharger. The result is a maximum 316bhp, and 400Nm of torque with a load of mid-range performance as well as a screaming top end. Enough to see the Civic Type R crack 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 169mph.
To put that into perspective, Honda claims the Type R will complete a hot lap of the Nurburgring faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo, and who wouldn’t love to see the look on the Lamborghini owner’s face as you scream past in your hot hatch?
Also, there is a super satisfying short-throw gearshift, and a +R button that makes the already firm dampers firmer by 30 per cent, increases throttle response and weights up the steering. All this combines to make it one of the best handling front-wheel-drive hot hatchbacks.
Best track day cars 2019
- 1IntroductionWhether you're looking to shave tenths off your lap time, or simply want to have some fun, these are the UK's best track cars
- 21. Porsche 911 GT3 RSThere is no denying that our favourite track day car is one for the more wealthy track day drivers, but the stunningly engineered Porsche 911 GT3 RS is worth every penny.
- 32. Caterham SevenThe Caterham Seven allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures of driving.
- 43. Ferrari 488 PistaFerrari makes the 488 more exciting by removing weight and adding power
- 54. McLaren SennaIf you name a car after one of the greatest racing drivers that ever lived, it had better be good. And the Senna is
- 65. Lamborghini Huracan PerformanteAt nearly twice the price of the Porsche 911 GT3 you would expect the Huracan Performante to offer an incredible driving experience, and on many levels it does.
- 76. McLaren 570S Track PackThe McLaren 570S Track Pack gets a range of add-ons designed to deliver the ultimate performance on track.
- 87. Porsche Cayman GTS Sublime handling balance, communicative controls and a stunning engine, the Cayman GTS is a car you’ll want to lap around a track all day.
- 98. Honda Civic Type R - currently readingAs many petrolheads are aware, Honda has a history of making VTEC performance engines that deliver their best hit of power at the top end of the rev range.
- 109. Hyundai i30 NIt was not that long ago that Hyundai was knocking out dreary model after dreary model reserved for people who’s idea of excitement is a homemade Weetabix smoothie
- 1110. Ariel AtomPowered by a mid-mounted Honda Civic engine, the Atom feels like a big go-kart due to its exposed skeletal chassis.