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.