2011 HONDA MUGEN CR-Z TYPE-R PROTOTYPE
Mugen’s European division is readying a “highly-tuned” version of the CR-Z that it claims will deliver “Type R-like” performance. The faster and more powerful MUGEN CR-Z prototype is being developed as a joint project between Honda UK and Mugen Euro, and it will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this July.
This time the MUGEN CR-Z is being crafted as a one-off prototype with no plans for a production version, we’ll remind you that’s what Honda said when it introduced the 240HP Civic Type R Mugen in 2009 which ended up in a limited production for Europe.
The MUGEN CR-Z Type R prototype will feature modifications to both the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the Honda IMA system to boost power and torque, adding that these changes may also result in greater mpg and lower CO2 emissions during some conditions.
Other performance upgrades will include bespoke brakes and a tuned suspension while Mugen will also make use of lightweight components such as a carbon fibre bonnet and forged alloys to lower the overall mass.
2011 MIA ELECTRIC MICROBUS POWERED BY EVIDA’S BATTERY
This is all the statement while in the Geneva Motor Show. The electric mircrobus Mia will be manufactured in China by a small French-German company called Mia Electric, powered by batteries built in Israel and developed by EVida (which has offices in the US, UK, and Israel) and sold in Europe come 2012. There currently are three models to choose from that will seat one to four people, depending on configuration.
Mia offers option for the larger 12kWh pack and range jumps up to about 80 miles. Getting so many miles out of so few kWh is no doubt helped by the lightness of the vehicle which tips the scales at less than 1,730 pounds. Top speed is 68 miles per hour, allowing drivers to take to the freeways.
2011 Mia Electric Microbus support by EVida’s 8kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, which can be fully charged in three hours, expected range is about 55 miles.