Honda Wants A 350-Horsepower All-Electric Sports Car
Whether its autonomous driving technology or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Honda sure is dipping its hands in a lot of pots these days. Now, it appears that the Japanese automaker is reaching for that jar that says “all-electric sports car” and wants to get its hands on it too. According to Auto Express, there’s already an internal discussion within Honda about the possibility of bringing it to the global market.
The idea isn’t actually new, as the company has already been contemplating on the idea of an EV sports car as far back as 2012. Discretely, the company went to work on the car, even sending a version of the prototype to the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb under the guise of a Honda CR-Z race car. That car ended up finishing 11th overall at Pikes Peak, an achievement that seemingly validated what Honda had been cooking up all along. The company has since progressed to the point that a road-going prototype of the CR-Z is already in full test mode. Unlike a traditional CR-Z, this particular car is powered by four electric motors, each powering one wheel, and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The test car itself is capable of producing 250 horsepower, although Honda believes that the actual EV sports car could generate as much as 350 horsepower. It will also be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 230 mph and a battery range of 250 miles.
At this point, the all-electric sports car isn’t close to being completed, nor has there been any word on when it’s going to hit production. But, as more and more automakers are jumping into this bandwagon, it’s a safe bet that Honda’s not going to jump off anytime soon.
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Why it matters
I wouldn’t say that I was shocked to hear this news since it’s become pretty evident that the electric sports car market is slowly taking shape. Toyota, for one, is already knee-deep in the development of its own electric sports car with the help of BMW. Other manufacturers are also beginning to develop their own versions. News of Honda doing the same isn’t really surprising other than the reports that said that the company is already years into the development phase of the car.
A Honda insider reportedly told Auto Express that the company is making “every possible effort” to make it to the market. If that’s true, then you can be sure that Honda’s not going to shy away from this project. The mere fact that it sent an EV-powered CR-Z to Pikes Peak is another telling sign that this talk of an all-electric Honda sports car has some serious weight behind it. It’s just too bad that Honda’s not divulging more details other than what it has already said. A little clarity on the issue is going to help put the skeptics at ease.
I do believe that Honda’s dead serious about it. What I care about at this point is when the company plans to unveil the production version.
Read more about the CR-Z Race Car here.