"If someone takes our record, we will take it back," Yagi continued. He went on to explain that in order to set the record, the Civic Type R was driven right to the very edge.
So, the only way to set a better time would be give the hot hatch more power, strip away weight, or do both. Yagi claimed that "there is headroom for more power from the engine".
The car used to set the front-wheel drive lap record of 7:50.63 around the Nordschleife was a prototype vehicle, albeit one using the same engine, suspension and tyres as the production vehicle.
Yagi told the American magazine that the company removed the Type R's air conditioning unit to compensate for the roll cage, which it installed into that car. Reportedly, the prototype's roll cage didn't improve the car's rigidity as it mounted via rubber blocks.
As it stands, the production Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 231kW of power and 400Nm of torque, and which is redlined at 7000rpm.
Power is sent to front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential and a torque steer-reducing steering knuckle. This, Honda claims, makes the Type R good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 270km/h.
It's been confirmed that the new Civic Type R will be sold in Australia. Although pricing, specification and timing have yet to be officially announced, it's expected that the hot hatch will arrive in local showrooms in 2016.
Car Advice reviewed a prototype of the new turbocharged Civic Type R back in 2013.