Honda S2000 vs. 2017 FK8 Civic Type R Time Attack Shootout!

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S2000 versus brand new Civic Type R on track: which is best?

The Honda Civic Type R has been massive news for U.S. Honda enthusiasts. However, how much of a track day star is it really? Go to any lapping event around the country and you’re bound to see a bunch of S2000 on track. Honda has touted the Type R and its track prowess, so what better way to see how it compares than a time attack shoot out!

Last week was Honda Meet XVII at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan, a combination track event and car meet, it seems like a lot of fun. On-track battles happened as part of a VTEC CLUB time trial event. One battle in particular for the Group N class win, involved the new Civic Type R against a modified AP2 S2000.

The CTR was all-stock, with the exception of the fantastic Bridgestone RE71R tires on OEM wheels. Our friend, Jackie Ding, in the AP2 chase car has an exhaust, and Tein Flex coil-overs. However, due to complications, Ding was coming into battle with a handicap in the form of mix-and-match wheels and tires, severely affecting his cars grip and handling balance.

Those Bridgestone tires are magic in rubber form, giving the Type R plenty of grip. on the flip side, Mr. Ding was continually fighting for traction. The impromptu combination of Falken RT615K+ tires in front and Michelin Pilot Super Sports out back made for some snap oversteer moments that would try even the most veteran of S2000 drivers. Ultimately, the CTR pulled away from the S2K, despite Ding’s best efforts.

As dealership mark ups slowly begin to fade, and Civic Type R prices fall from the stratosphere of ridiculousness, we may start seeing them as the new face of Honda at track day events around the country. Time will tell.

Jake Stumph is the lead Content Editor for S2KI and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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