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Honda's latest EV concept is a two-seat roadster

Honda is a company that loves to tease us with relatively cool concepts, then dump blandness on the masses when it comes to production vehicles. The company has killed off true sporty cars (Prelude, Integra, and RSX) and outright sports cars (NSX and S2000) in the past decade. What we are now left with are the Civic Si and CR-Z (at least in the United States).
With all of this carnage in its wake, we have to look at Honda's latest concept with a cautious eye. The company today unveiled its new EV-STER roadster concept at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. The roadster is fully electric and features a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that's good for 100 miles.

The rear-wheel drive concept -- in theory -- is capable of reaching 37 mph in 5.0 seconds. Given this odd choice of acceleration numbers, we'll have to assume that its 0-60 mph time is rather dreadful. And for those looking to blast down the highway at triple-digit speeds while thumbing your nose at the law, you'll be held back by a top speed of "only" 99 mph.
Although Honda hasn't given an official curb weight for the EV-STER, it says that it makes extensive use of carbon fiber to keep weight down to improve performance and battery range.

We still have faith that Honda will return to its glory days (the 1990s) and bring some lovin' to car enthusiasts, but we won't be holding our breath for too long. But then again, archrival Toyota did answer the call

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RE: Honda is Dead
By Brandon Hill on 11/30/2011 3:59:54 PM , Rating: 3
I thought that it was the opposite when it comes to larger wheels with regards to ride quality? Larger tires typically have shorter sidewalls which contribute to a harsher ride. A thicker sidewall generally absorbs more road harshness.

As for ground effects, KILL ME NOW! Good gawd I hate ground effects with a passion :)

RE: Honda is Dead
By JediJeb on 12/1/2011 10:57:13 AM , Rating: 3
I think this is true. I saw a piece recently where the reviewer hated the larger wheels because they are more easily damaged by potholes since they typically have shorter sidewalls.

RE: Honda is Dead
By YashBudini on 12/2/2011 2:57:18 AM , Rating: 2
The wheels were damaged more easily because the tires had less sidewall height. You see 35 series tires out there and the road surface is like 2 inches away from the rim. Add to that lower series tires support less weight for a given size, a fancy way of saying they bottom out easier.

RE: Honda is Dead
By YashBudini on 12/2/2011 2:52:31 AM , Rating: 2
Larger tires typically have shorter sidewalls which contribute to a harsher ride.

The lower the series number (smaller the sidewall) the more ride harshness, but also faster steering response. Overall diameter is not really not that much of a factor. Sidewall flex is what's being addressed. The series number is the fraction measurement with regards to the tires tread width. A 50 series tires has a sidewall that is .50 of the tread width.

Now that ABS is common one is forced to maintain the overall wheel and tire diameter to within .5 inches of the original spec to perform properly. This is why you'll see 45 series tires on 17 inch rims, with an option of 35 series tires and 18 inch rims, sometimes with the smallest of tread width increases, depending on the numbers.

I went from a 205/65/15 to a 215/55/16. The OD was extremely close. But for a few years I had more fun riding on 225/50/16's, which looked downright massive compared to stock.

Prior to ABS you could do whatever you wanted, if the overall diameter increased or decreased you lived with it, along with the results.

Good gawd I hate ground effects

I'm not sure what's worse, that or color coordinating the car so that R2D2 looks right at home riding in it.

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