This is the best Honda CR-Z we’ve ever driven. We’re pretty sure it’s the best CR-Z anyone has ever driven. Goose the gas and the unmuffled exhaust’s ear-splitting buzz is pierced by the jet-engine scream of the giant turbocharger that practically bursts out of the comically bulged hood. The instrument panel is awash in yellow warning lights, the car’s ECU dimly aware something is amiss with the hybrid system. It doesn’t know exactly what’s wrong, but we do: It’s been fooled into force-feeding extra juice to the CR-Z’s electric motor.
Downshift to second and drop the hammer—yeah, it’s a stick— and the “Hot Rod Hybrid” responds with a rush of air, fuel, electricity, noise, and acceleration, hunkering down on its lowered suspension and tearing through the corner. The CR-Z evokes village-idiot-sized grins—it’s fantastic! And better yet, it was created in the serious scientific pursuit of better fuel economy.
Who could have created such a marvelous monstrosity? To die-hard fans, the car’s duct-tape wrap is an instant giveaway: This Honda has MythBusters written all over it.
Cars and car-related myths were an integral part of the original MythBusters series, and the new Motor MythBusters show (it premieres August 4 on the MotorTrend app) focuses exclusively on automotive-related myths.
“We’re looking at car stuff you’ve always wondered about but would never have the time or resources to actually test,” says host Tory Belleci, a veteran of the original MythBusters series. “I’ve always loved cars, and on the original show, whenever we had experiments that involved precision driving, I was usually the person to do that, so of course I was on board.”
Belleci is joined by two new faces: Bisi Ezerioha, racer and founder of Bisimoto Engineering, and Faye Hadley, professional wrencher and co-host of MotorTrend’s All Girls Garage. “It’s fun to see their excitement, and I’m learning a ton from them about taking cars apart and putting them back together,” Belleci says.
Ezerioha was eager to participate in the new show.
“I have this wonderful knack where I can figure things out quite easily,” he says. “When it comes to Motor MythBusters, that’s the little thing I bring to the table.”
But he’s selling himself short: Ezerioha has a degree in chemical engineering (his parents wanted him to be a chemist so he could take over the family cosmetics business) and a track record of building insanely fast cars, including a 1,000-horsepower Honda Odyssey minivan, and numerous twin-turbo and all-electric Porsches. In his racing days, Ezerioha drew on his chemistry background and made fruit-scented gasoline, just to annoy his competitors.
Hadley was a bit more hesitant to participate.
“This was a totally different thing for me, way out of my comfort zone,” she says.
“All Girls Garage is just basically doing what I already do. I’m not a fabricator. I don’t do a lot of custom stuff. I’m a mechanic; that’s what I do.”
But Hadley soon found her expertise was vital to the new show.
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