Honda CR-Z development video released

Honda CR-Z development video released

If you’re a Honda fan this new video just released may be of interest to you. It features chief engineer Terakazu Torikai describing the philosophies and the process used in the development of the 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid sports car.

With a power output of 91kW and 173Nm of torque, the CR-Z hasn’t got the goods to really excite Honda enthusiasts looking for the next CR-X. The only consolation at this stage is that a six-speed manual is touted to take the place of the optional CVT.

While all concerned will need to wait for a drive before a final conclusion can be reached, Honda’s video offers some insight into the decisions that lead to the CR-Z’s final specification and design.

Speaking on the handling of the CR-Z, Mr Torikai said that his team looked to other cars, both established and new, in developing the CR-Z’s characteristics.

“During the development if the CR-Z we drove many cars and also bought several models for comparison and benchmarking including the MINI, the VW Scirocco coupe and also a Lotus Elise,” Mr Torikai said. The target of this car was to realise enhanced handling.”

From that list, the Elise remains the pinnacle of how important kerb weight and weight distribution is in determining a car’s handling. If Honda has managed the CR-Z’s rumoured 1225kg as well as the Elise will be revealed shortly.

Click on the video below to check it out.

If you’re a Honda fan this new video just released may be of interest to you. It features chief engineer Terakazu Torikai describing the philosophies and the process used in the development of the 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid sports car.

With a power output of 91kW and 173Nm of torque, the CR-Z hasn’t got the goods to really excite Honda enthusiasts looking for the next CR-X. The only consolation at this stage is that a six-speed manual is touted to take the place of the optional CVT.

While all concerned will need to wait for a drive before a final conclusion can be reached, Honda’s video offers some insight into the decisions that lead to the CR-Z’s final specification and design.

Speaking on the handling of the CR-Z, Mr Torikai said that his team looked to other cars, both established and new, in developing the CR-Z’s characteristics.

“During the development if the CR-Z we drove many cars and also bought several models for comparison and benchmarking including the MINI, the VW Scirocco coupe and also a Lotus Elise,” Mr Torikai said. The target of this car was to realise enhanced handling.”

From that list, the Elise remains the pinnacle of how important kerb weight and weight distribution is in determining a car’s handling. If Honda has managed the CR-Z’s rumoured 1225kg as well as the Elise will be revealed shortly.

Click on the video below to check it out.

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