Auto journalist James Bell drives the CR-Z sport hybrid and describes the experience.
I have been following the Honda CR-Z since it was introduced as a futuristic concept highlight during the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show, and I must admit to thoroughly enjoying the ride. After all, I was a big fan of the original Honda pocket rocket, the CR-X, and spent many happy miles in the passenger seat of my friend's 1991 red-on-black coupe...which was the simply amazing and prophetic "HF" model, by the way.
To add speed, add lightness.
These wise words are attributed to the legendary English motoring magician, Colin Chapman. For the uninitiated, Chapman founded the famous sports car company, Lotus, and before his death in 1982, led it to seven Constructors' Titles, six Drivers' Championships, a little ol' race in Indianapolis, , and production of many classic sports cars for lucky owners around the world. While his influence and credentials are truly gold standard, it is his engineering theory as noted in the title above that continues to win the hearts of true automotive enthusiasts around the world. And just to make sure we all understood, he also said: "More power makes it fast on the straight, less weight makes it fast everywhere."