If they (Honda) aren't aiming for fast track times, would the Type R have turned out to be as good as it is on the track? Or would it end up like a Miata or BRZ? (Slow but very good sports cars.) Would we be as happy with saying, "yeah, our beloved car is slow but that's ok. It's so fun to drive" versus "yeah, our car is really fast on the track and it's also fun to drive!"people get so hungup on fastest track time ever. Track times are basically marketing. It requires not only prepped car but perfect weather and conditions. Not to mention a driver with significant experience. Bragging about track times is like buying a pair of Jordans and thinking it will make you play like the GOAT. Remember when Sabine was passing people in much faster sports cars in a diesel cargo van at the Ring?
Lap times are a good, hard to dispute number that is a composite of many areas of performance than a more narrow benchmark like 0-60 (acceleration only), top speed (power vs. drag), or lateral acceleration (corner speed without regard to driver feel and dynamics).