Hot hatch fans were agog when Honda unveiled the new Civic Type R. With a fresh turbo engine, a segment-leading 167-mph top speed, and the legendary handling prowess of a red H badge, the package is more than a little promising. 

Then earlier this month, a video was released showing the little front-wheeler setting a lap time around the Nurburgring of 7:50, a new world record. Cue jaw dropping.

Now, Honda is inviting Type R owners back to the infamous German track for the chance to witness the ADAC Zurich 24-hour sports car race between May 15th and 17th, featuring, for the first time ever, a round of the FIA WTCC. 

The race will be held on all 15.5-miles of the combined Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit, with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro of Team Castrol Honda pushing for victory. 

For €175 ($191) per person, Honda is offering a three-day package for the event, which includes a VIP entrance ticket to the race and paddock, camping accommodations in a souvenir tent, all-inclusive food and drink, a “hands-on encounter with the new Civic Type R,” a tour of the garage, and a Q&A with the drivers. A few lucky fans will also get to take a lap of the circuit in their Civic before the race. 

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Why it matters

Almost 200 bucks might seem like a lot, but for Type R lovers, it should be more than worth it. Honda performance fans are some of the most passionate in the world, and the chance to see high-powered H badges flying around the ‘Ring for 24 hours will almost definitely provide a good deal of drama and excitement.

What’s more, the chance to actually drive on the track is extremely enticing. Don’t expect any sub-eight minute times, but still, the chance to say you’ve done something like that is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

That is unless you live in Germany, of course.

2016 Honda Civic Type R

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Officially dropping cover at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Civic Type R brings with it all sorts of expectations. Is it cool looking? Check. Is it powerful? Check. Is it fast? That’s a big check.

Sporting Honda’s latest 2.0-liter VTEC turbo powerplant, the Type R makes 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. Putting this to the front wheels is a six-speed gearbox (mercifully offered with a third pedal), which makes for a sprint to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The aero is big and functional, perfect for the ‘Ring, while 19-inch alloys wrapped in 235/35ZR19 gumball rubber make max traction.

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Press Release

To celebrate the launch of the all-new Honda Civic Type R at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Civic Type R fans and owners are invited to attend an unmissable race weekend at Germany’s famous Nürburgring – a circuit at which the new Type R recently set the lap record for a front-wheel drive hot hatch.

Honda is offering Type R owners and fans the opportunity to attend the historic ADAC Zurich 24-hour sports car race from 15-17 May, which will feature for the first time ever a round of the FIA WTCC, as part of a jam packed weekend of around-the-clock racing,

Held on the punishing 25 kilometre long combined Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit, fans will cheer on Team Castrol Honda drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro as they vie for victory on one of racing’s most hallowed stretches of racetrack.

This one-of-a-kind event will allow Type R fans the opportunity to purchase a three-day package for €175 per person, which includes a VIP entrance ticket to the race with paddock access, camping accommodation in a souvenir tent, all food and drink throughout the weekend, a hands-on encounter with the new Civic Type R, a tour of the garage, and chance to meet the drivers at a special Q&A session. A lucky few will also be able to follow in their heroes’ racing line by taking their Civic on a lap around the circuit before the 24 hour race gets under way.

For more information, or to purchase a three-day package, log onto Registration is now open.

The all-new Civic Type R, dubbed the ‘race car for the road’, was unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show in front of a crowd that included McLaren-Honda F1 driver Jenson Button, and WTCC driver Tarquini. To relive the evening, visit

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