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Honda will use Formula 1 technology in its upcoming EV lineup

May 17

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Technology from some of the fastest cars on the Formula 1 racing circuit is being used in a new lineup of electric vehicles (EVs). The plan is all part of Honda’s $65 billion effort to break into the competitive EV market.

Historically, Honda has lagged behind in the production of electric models. However, the company’s forthcoming Zero Series aims to change that narrative.

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Set to launch in 2026, this new line of EVs will feature innovations derived from Honda’s championship-winning Formula 1 vehicles. The lineup includes improvements that make the cars significantly lighter, shedding over 200 pounds compared to Honda’s previous EVs. This weight reduction is expected to enhance both the handling and range of the vehicles.

Electric vehicles typically weigh about 30% more than their gasoline-powered counterparts, raising concerns about road safety when collisions involving heavier EVs occur. By incorporating Formula 1 technology, Honda hopes to address these concerns, giving its new electric vehicles not only a smoother and more efficient ride, but also a safer one.

Honda plans to introduce seven new EV models across North America starting in 2026. Following the debut of the Zero Series, the company will release additional electric crossover and SUV models annually until 2030.

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JACK ALYMER: THE SAME TECHNOLOGY USED BY SOME OF THE FASTEST CARS IN THE WORLD-
MIGHT ALSO BE IN YOUR NEXT EV. IT’S ALL PART OF HONDA’S 65 BILLION DOLLAR EFFORT TO BREAK INTO THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET.

WHILE JAPAN HAS LONG BEEN ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING EXPORTERS OF CARS-
THE TOKYO-BASED AUTOMAKER HAS FALLEN BEHIND IN ITS PRODUCTION OF ACCESSIBLE ELECTRIC MODELS.

BUT IT’S UPCOMING ZERO SERIES LOOKS TO CHANGE THAT NARRATIVE.

HONDA IS PLANNING TO INTRODUCE SEVEN NEW EVS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IN 20-26.

THE NEW CARS WILL UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY FROM THE COMPANY’S CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING FORMULA ONE VEHICLES.

THAT INCLUDES MAKING THE CARS LIGHTER, DROPPING OVER 200 POUNDS WHEN COMPARED TO HONDA’S PREVIOUS EV OFFERINGS.

THIS DESIGN CHANGE WILL HELP IMPROVE HANDLING AND RANGE.

EVS OFTEN WEIGH 30 PERCENT MORE THAN THEIR GAS POWERED COUNTERPARTS, AND THOSE EXTRA POUNDS HAVE LED TO CONCERNS ABOUT ROAD SAFETY.

WHICH IS PART OF WHY HONDA IS DEPLOYING ITS F1 TECHNOLOGY TO SLIM DOWN THEIR UPCOMING EV LINEUP.

AFTER THE ZERO SERIES MAKES ITS DEBUT IN 20-26, ADDITIONAL ELECTRIC CROSSOVER AND SUV MODELS WILL BE RELEASED EVERY YEAR UNTIL 20-30.

WE ACTUALLY TALKED TO THE MIDWEST ROADSIDE SAFETY FACILITY ABOUT HOW HEAVY E-VS ARE CHANGING THE STATE OF U-S ROADWAYS.
AND WHAT THEY’RE DEVELOPING TO KEEP YOU SAFER.

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