During the Haltech World Cup Finals, a Honda Civic showed just how performance-oriented the car can be. A version of the Civic model set a new speed record for the model, running a quarter-mile track and traveling from zero to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds at the Maryland International raceway a few months ago.
This Civic’s power was modified to help it become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. Its custom-built 2.2-liter inline-four engine used billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to increase its power.
To add to this, a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbo added 60 pounds to the Civic’s specs, helping it boast an all-in power of 1,500 horsepower. There was also a MoTeC electronic control unit in use to help run the entire lot, helping give this Civic plenty of pep when it was needed most.
The 1,500 horsepower was then sent through an all-wheel-drive system for optimal performance. A four-speed dogbox was also used in replace of the usual six-speed manual transmission.
Along with boasting a 0-to-60 time of 1.1 seconds, this special Civic coupe drag car also went on to run a solid quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda.
While this particular model may be reserved for the racetrack, you can experience the 2020 Honda Civic for yourself at Hardin County Honda.
When it comes to combining efficiency with power, the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV is raising the bar. This hybrid hatchback — which was unveiled during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show — is certainly efficient, but its designers took inspiration from the Honda Formula 1 program, giving the Fit e:HEV ample power.
This electrified Fit model uses a two-motor hybrid system, which works alongside its 1.5-liter engine. It also offers three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – to give you the combination of efficiency and performance you want.
The Fit e:HEV has an electronic control until that allows it to seamlessly switch between the modes, which is where the influence from the Honda F1 team is evident.
“During a Formula 1 race weekend, teams have to manage very carefully how much fuel they use to comply with the sport’s regulations,” Yasuaki Asaki, the head of power unit development at Honda, explained, “In a race, we can divide the total fuel allowance over the number of laps, but there are going to be situations where a team might wish to use more fuel in order to get higher performance and in other parts of the race they will want to save fuel for later, while behind a safety car for example.”
With these thoughts in mind, Asaki goes on to mention that this F1 experience has allowed the Fit e:HEV to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode.”
If you want to experience Honda’s engineering prowess for yourself, feel free to stop by Hardin County Honda and take a 2020 Fit for a test drive.