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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-22-2020, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Next Civic Type R To Get Electric Power

“We think it’d be quite easy to achieve Type R performance with a full EV right now, but Type R isn’t just about performance. It’s also about handling, operation and driveability. We don’t think it’s as simple as replacing that with electric power. That’s not the right direction for Type R.”

That's according to Kohei Hitomi, Honda's project lead for the new e Prototype in a PistonHeads interview.

It was also reported that: "Hitomi said Honda’s exploring the advantages of electric power and how to use them to enhance the existing Type R formula. Although his answer remained vague – probably because the focus right now is not on Type R but rather Honda’s new electric models – it points to an almost inevitable use of hybrid power for the Type R’s successor. It certainly makes sense for that 2025 pledge, plus it’s something rival Ford is already working on with the next-gen Focus RS."

Apparently a likely move to electric was well received: “People complained when we said the Type R would use a turbocharger, but now they appreciate the new possibilities this has provided,” Hitomi said. “I believe it would be the same for electrified vehicles as well; people who love Type R will come to realise what it can add to the driving experience. We just need to find the best attributes that are relevant for the Type R, so as to enhance the experience without losing what makes a Type R.”
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I just found out that the next Ford Focus ST will likely be a hybrid.

When asked specifically if the next-generation Ford Focus ST, which will probably land in five or six years, will be a hybrid, Muenzinger was unable to give a definitive answer but said electrification is definitely being considered.

“As you can imagine there are all sorts of studies ongoing, and I can’t give you any particular timeframe here, but we are looking at things. We are looking at what would customers like and what makes sense from a business perspective … but yeah (hybrid) is under consideration, absolutely.”
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Ford has no plans for a next-generation Focus RS.
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