Insane 1380kW Honda Civic breaks FWD 1/4 mile record (video)

The quarter-mile record for a front-wheel drive car has been broken by a 20-year-old Honda Civic with 560,000km on the clock. Yes, you read correctly.

SpeedFactory Racing has claimed the coveted record with a 7.61-second quarter-mile sprint, crossing the line at 323km/h. It also set a new speed trap record. To give you an idea of just how competitive the 20-year-old Civic’s record really is, just last week AMS Performance took a record with a stock-chassis Nissan GT-R clocking the run in 7.14 seconds, bettering the record set just a week before by Ekanoo Racing. And these use all-wheel drive.

The FWD record was set at the World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway. You can witness the incredible run in the video below.

SpeedFactory’s stock-chassis Honda Civic manages to pump out 1380kW from the obscenely turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which transfers power to the front wheels via a H-pattern transmission. 1380kW equates to around five times the power output of the most powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged production car, the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.

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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.