The Honda CR-Z’s chief chassis engineer claims the new hybrid sports car has been inspired by the Lotus Elise.
In a short video released on You Tube, Terukazu Torikai said the basic concept of the CR-Z had been to create a fun-to-drive sports car featuring some of the driving charecteristics of the Elise, as well as the Mini and Volkswagen Scirocco.
“We wanted to realise the agile handling of the Mini and easy-to-drive performance for daily use, which we believe we achieved,” he said.
“During the development of the CR-Z we have driven many cars and have also bought many cars for comparison and benchmarking: the Mini, the Scirocco but also a Lotus Elise. The performance of the Elise kept on inspiring us throughout the whole development process.”
Torikai said emphasis had been put on ensuring the electric power steering was sufficiently sporty, and that he wanted the car to have predictable control from its Insight underpinnings. The body stiffness, he claims, is of a similar level to the Civic Type R's.