Sat. May 28th, 2022

The Honda E – a half-liter electric hatchback not yet available in Australia – has received the broad body treatment.

The Honda E-car – released in Japan and Europe in 2020 – gained popularity due to its retro styling and cute proportions.

But a Japanese tuning company has tried to shake the soft image with a tough-looking motorsport-like body kit for the small electric vehicle.

The new body panels are made by Innovate Composites and are designed to make the Honda E look as if it is intended for an endurance race.

The bolt-on set adds a wider front panel and some pumped wheel arches over the extended rims.

A lower side skirt leads to sculptural rear wheel arches that almost align over the rear wheels. At the rear, the Honda E has a large rear wing and an aggressive diffuser at the rear.

The look is completed by a set of white six-spoke wheels wrapped in track-ready rubber.

No performance changes have been mentioned. The car is believed to retain its standard electric motor, powered by a 35.5 kWh battery pack.

The power is sent to the rear wheels through a transmission with fixed gear, and it has an alleged maximum of 220 km between recharges.

After the photos of the white car were taken at the end of last year, the modified Honda E arrived at the paint shop – and wore a color inspired by a Red Bull Honda Formula 1 car with navy blue body supplemented with F1 sponsor logos and yellow and red accents.

In a Instagram posts, said Innovate Composites: “We are proud to show you the progress we’ve made on Honda E. We will build a limited number of these to pay tribute to @ hondaracingf1 @ maxverstappen1 and @redbullracing who win one of the best and toughest fighter against F1 drivers’ world championship ever. “

The UK developer of the kit intends to make a limited range of these body kits for Honda E owners – possibly with carbon fiber panels, as it has suggested Instagram – although no official details are revealed on how many or how much it will cost.

Of course, Australians will not get the chance to run around in the cool Honda E, at least officially. Honda has not – and currently has no plans – to import the Honda E to Australia through official channels, although a few examples have reached local shores through private importers.

Tom Fraser

Tom started in the automotive industry by leveraging his photographic skills, but quickly learned that journalists got the best end of the deal. He joined CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar, and subsequently returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during the transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers car news, car reviews, advice and has a particular interest in long-running feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has different requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but there is also a loyal subgroup of the Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has a deep respect for the entire automotive industry regardless of model and is proud to notice the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by that he does not learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which is then passed on to the Drive reader base.

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