The FK8 Honda Civic Type R is continuing to set records on race tracks across Europe, with the latest being the Estoril circuit in Portugal. This is the fourth stop of the Type R Challenge 2018, after the Silverstone GP circuit in the United Kingdom, Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium as well as the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France.

The person tasked with setting a new front-wheel drive (FWD) record at Estoril is Honda WTCR driver, Tiago Monteiro. The Portugese native took just 2 minutes 01.84 seconds to lap the 4.2-km long track which features two hairpins, a long main straight and a tricky chicane.

As a comparison, the FK8’s predecessor, the FK2, recorded a time of 2 minutes 04.08 seconds at the same track with Bruno Correia at the wheel in 2016.

“We came here with a goal to beat the existing lap record set by the previous car but you can never take anything for granted – I mean it’s a lap record so it’s no easy feat. You have to have supreme confidence in the car to attack around Estoril, and the new Type R is just so powerful, smooth and confidence-inspiring. We beat the lap record, smashed the record actually,” said Monteiro.

“The Type R is very stable and has very good braking efficiency and an amazing engine so it just feels like you are driving a race car – on the track it’s easy to forget that it’s a proper road car, but then you can drive it home. The new Type R is a big evolution. I mean we’re talking about a totally different car in terms of design, aero, suspension, geometries, engine, but more than anything the feeling of driving the car,” he added.

Thankfully, the latest Civic Type R is available for sale here in Malaysia, where it is currently being offered at a zero-rated GST price of RM301,928. For the money, you’ll get a hot hatch that comes fully imported from the UK with 310 PS provided by a 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine, as well as a six-speed manual gearbox.

GALLERY: FK8 Honda Civic Type R