LOSE FAT, KEEP FIZZ

Derram Jones, via email

The fizz has gone flat for performance cars in pursuit of lap times.

Keeping cars modern means filling them to the brim with new, heavy driver-aid technologies. Keeping them fast means incredible power and reliably putting the power down means bigger wheels, heavy AWD and tech-heavy diff systems. Seems a reasonable progression, until you have a look back at where we started at the start of all that. A lot of current models have lost a certain something.

Cars across the board have jumped up a size from 10 years ago. Have you seen how big a new Honda Civic is? The wheelbase is longer than the handsomely proportioned CL9 Accord Euro, and I’m betting they weigh roughly the same. All this from a car that started out as a small and simple, wellsorted hatch, potentially with the Type R’s frenetic engine, which moved your soul. No wonder the new Type R needed a turbo.

I can’t help but think if we all stopped measuring how long everyone’s (kilowatts) are or how cocooned we can get inside and instead worked on assimilating all this necessary technology back into lighter, smaller packages, we’d get that fizzy, connected feel back in more cars that were originally designed for driver sensation rather than lap times.