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Watch 2017 Honda Civic Type-R run Road Atlanta

In a perfect automotive world your daily driver performs as well on the street as it does on the racecourse, or vice versa. Such is the case with 2017 Civic Type-R, perhaps the perfect multiple purpose performance hatchback.

I’m one of the lucky few that counts several track turns behind the wheel of 2017 Civic Type-R. Unfortunately on our last track day my Go-Pro took an electronic dump. Sure, I have some great photos of Civic Type-R track side. But to gain a true sense of what Honda’s first, one and only turbocharged 4-place, turbocharged, 306 Horsepower, 295 lb-ft torque producing, extreme sport performance hatchback can do on a race track, one need either drop in behind Civic Type-R’s leather wrapped steering wheel, or watch a video or two. That’s where I defer to Matt, for a moment or two anyway. We first experienced Civic Type-R in the Pacific Northwest.

Matt Farah logs some mild track time at Road Atlanta

Usually, I’d dig through my 2017 Civic Type-R video shorts, and compile my own race day log. But in this case, I appreciate Matt’s perspective on the first Civic offering of any kind in North America, to earn the Type-R designation. In watching Matt take the long sweeps and winding turns of Road Atlanta with his driver’s side window down is thought provoking. Why is that side window open Matt? The only quicker production Honda brand offering is this car.

Nonetheless, Matt Farah, star and producer of “The Smoking Tire" one-take fame, does a good job of sharing not only the superior road handling, and spot-on throttle-by-wire engine performance of Civic Type-R, but takes a moment or so, while driving at track speed, to ponder the very welcomed, surprisingly comfortable, touring car persona of what Torque News and others often refer to as the greatest value found today in a high performance sport hatchback. Me, I prefer driving Honda Civic Type-R on the open road. Check out my latest road trip adventure here.

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"Why is that side window open Matt?" To ask this question, you must be a total track newb. Front windows down is a safety requirement for any HPDE/TT/etc driving event I've ever attended. And I clicked this to see some timed hot laps on a track I know well, no such luck.
Thanks Jim. I wasn't paying attention to the venue, just the comprehensive, critiqued drive review. I appreciate you dropping by. P.