First, Honda clocked a 7:50.63 lap with a 2015 Europe-only Civic Type R.
Then in 2016, Volkswagen snatched that record away with a 7:49.21 time, set in a 305-horsepower GTI Clubsport S.
Credit goes, in part, to the new Type R's engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder kicking out 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h (6 mph) higher due to the new Type R's excellent stability.
Honda claims that the roll cage visible in the car was a "full floating" design that "did not provide any additional rigidity to the body." The added weight of the cage was compensated by removing the car's infotainment system and rear seats, and Honda says the car was using "street legal, track-focused tires."