The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 March 2008

De-hybridization

Something about this just tickles me no end: a Honda Insight with its hybrid stuff replaced by the K20A mill from a Civic Type-R.

Really. It looks like it just bolted in. With at least 200 hp and a six-speed manual, it's, if not wicked fast, at least capable of some speedy peccadillos, and it's still getting 45-50 mpg.

And that may be the whole point of this exercise:

While automakers spend billions in a technological arms race to develop ever more complex drivetrains, these guys have proven that simple, small, aerodynamically efficient cars can be fun, fast and frugal. Who knew?

Everybody except Congress, I suspect.

Posted at 1:01 PM to Driver's Seat