Formula 1 Technology Inspires 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV

Honda Fit | Fayetteville, NC

Finding a solid balance of power and efficiency isn’t always easy, but the 2020 Honda Fit e:HEV manages to do just that. As the newest hybrid hatchback in the Honda lineup, this model offers racetrack-inspired efficiency to match its fuel economy.

During the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced this electrified model, which combines a two-motor hybrid system with a 1.5-liter engine. The Fit e:HEV also comes with three driving modes to choose from – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive – which were inspired by the Honda Formula 1 program.

Each mode allows you to find the right balance of power and fuel efficiency based on your driving style at any given moment. It also utilizes an electronic control system to help you seamlessly switch between these options on the go.

“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.”

Asaki has managed to “deliver the best possible power to efficiency ratio for the driver, in any required driving mode” because he utilized these practices, making the hybrid Fit a solid option in its segment.

All of us at Bryan Honda are continually impressed with the automaker’s engineering prowess, including currently available Honda Fit.

1.1-Second Zero-to-60 Time Makes Honda Civic Speed Record

2020 Honda Civic | Fayetteville, NC

For many years, the Honda Civic has been known as being a solid option if you want a performance-oriented ride. During the Haltech World Cup Finals, this was highlighted when a modified Honda Civic set a brand-new speed record for the model. In just 1.1 seconds, this special Civic went from zero to 60 mph at the Maryland International Raceway, showcasing the model’s performance abilities.

To reach this record-breaking speed, the Civic was modified to become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. It boasts a custom-built inline-four engine, which has billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to offer the most power possible. It also added 60 pounds to its own specs thanks to the use of a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbocharger. With this additional heft, it had a total system output of 1,500 horsepower.

A Motech ECU was used to help run the entire setup, giving the Civic the outstanding acceleration it needed to beat the previous record. The Civic also had an all-wheel-drive system and a four-speed dogbox instead of the usual six-speed manual transmission.

This Civic didn’t just post a record-breaking zero-to-60-mph time of 1.1 seconds. The coupe drag car also ran a quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda vehicle.

Even though the 2020 Honda Civics on the lot here at Bryan Honda may not be a match for the record-setting model on the track, they’re still exceptional family sedans.