Last April, the new Honda Civic Type R made a new record for the current front wheel drive, by going around the Nurburgring and finishing a lap with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. But today, Toyota thinks that they have what it takes to beat the Honda Civic Type R’s record, even without a true hot hatchback in their lineup. Rather, it is the C-HR that recently made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) which they think could make a new record.
They say that if the head of the tuning company behind Toyota’s R-Tuned C-HR, Dan Gardner were to decide, the C-HR would already be at the track. In fact, the Japanese automaker believes that it is the “world’s quickest SUV”, and we’re not doubting them. True enough, it has been proven to be faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911 GT3 and many other supercars as it only took 1 minute 25.22 seconds to go around the Willow Springs Raceway.
Gardner said to Autocar that this model was actually built for SEMA, and so far, the automaker has announced no plans for it. He also described it to be the real deal, and that it is his dream to take the super-SUV to the Nordschleife. And as mentioned earlier, he is confident that it is capable of setting the front-wheel-drive record.
This R-Tuned C-HR has a 2.4 liter Toyota 2AZ-FE engine fitted with a DG-Spec Garrett turbocharger under its hood. And overall, it can carry out a combined output of 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and can finish the 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.9 seconds. This engine is paired to Toyota’s E-Series five-speed manual gearbox, and has an adjustable front splitter and rear wing that when combined, gives around 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of downforce. With that much power, the C-HR was also given Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, and a number of performance add-ons. Mechanically, it seems like it is quite ready to hit the track
Toyota also clarified that it sits on the new TNGA platform, which is really stiff. So they had to work on developing the handling characteristics, and this turned out to be a supercar slayer.
Now, since the Japanese automaker is so confident about the 600 horsepower R-Tuned C-HR breaking records around the Nurburgring, the question is: will they actually take it to the Green Hell to prove itself? According to Gardner, the automaker has no plans on doing so, and that means the Civic Type R will stay on longer as the record holder.