Honda Civic Type R takes on the Honda Fireblade in Wales

Darren Cassey

Honda. It's almost impossible not to recognise the name. With the Japanese manufacturer soon to celebrate its 70th birthday, it boasts an impressive heritage of engine manufacturing and racing prowess, both aspects it is constantly advancing.

Its multiple divisions see a combined figure of millions of engines sold across the world each year, so we decided to pit two of its products against each other. The Honda Civic Type R has won plaudits in the hot hatch world for its ferocious performance, but could it keep up with the ludicrously fast Honda Fireblade?