For the five front-wheel drive production vehicle lap records, Honda asked five different Honda racing champions to drive the Civic Type R. It completes Honda's "Type R Challenge 2018", cementing itself as the benchmark in its respective category.
Although Button has moved away from Formula 1, the Hungaroring holds a special significance for the Somerset-born driver.More news: Should Boris Johnson apologise for his comments about burkas?
In the fifth and final of a planned series of lap record attempts across Europe in 2018, Honda has set a new record for a front wheel drive production vehicle at the Hungaroring GP circuit in Hungary. Back in 2006, the Briton won his first Grand Prix here for Honda, with Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren-Mercedes) and Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) finishing on second and third.
The narrow, twisty 4.38km Hungaroring is one of Europe's most technical tracks, with 180 degree corners and a complex chicane. Speaking of the auto itself, he commented: "The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the vehicle was".More news: Jarrod Lyle dead at 36
It proved to be a flawless demonstration of the Civic Type R's Adaptive Damper System, the steering setup, and improved aerodynamics, as Button was able to secure the lap record for Honda at the Grand Prix circuit. The manual gearbox works really well, too.
In addition to the five European track records made this year, the Civic Type R is also the fastest front-wheel drive production auto around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany - the Honda lapped the circuit in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds in April 2017. "You always feel a lot more connected to the vehicle". The other drivers to take part in the challenge were WTCR driver Tiago Monteiro (Estoril), BTCC driver Matt Neal (Silverstone), Japenese Super GT driver Betrand Baguette (Spa-Francorchamps) and WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri (Magny-Cours). "You always feel a lot more connected to the auto", he added. "You always feel a lot more connected to the vehicle".More news: Rick Gates, testifying in Manafort trial, admits to affair, London apartment
On the 2.7-mile long circuit near the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the Civic Type R crossed the finish line in 2:10.19.