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Straight outta J-pan. Engrish from our man in Japan. Read if you dare. Honda Fit, Toyota Vitz (Yaris) and Mazda Demio (Mazda 2) all have 1500cc motor. They are popular in Japan because body is compact and fuel savings. I think many people think these cars are just compact cars and no good for tuning. I know they cannot make over 200hp, don't have turbo and no Type-R badge on body. Small engine car is cheap, which is very important thing in Japan and US, too. 1500cc motor makes low power but the three cars motor's quality is very good that's why some tuning companies are selling many tuning parts for them.
Spoon, J's Racing and Diverich customized Honda Fit. Spoon built Fit racecar and took part in some Enduro races and time attack events. J's racing swapped K20 motor into Fit for time attack events. Diverich is new tuning shop and they notice Honda Fit and they develop 100% made in Japan coilovers, body kit and supercharger system.
Yashio Facory built supercharged Toyota Vitz (Yaris). Keiichi Tsuchiya and Manabu Orido tested it on the Tsukuba Circuit 1000 race track and closed touge. Tsuchiya and Orido like Yashio's Vitz very much. TRD is selling turbocharged Vitz which is more expensive than stock Vitz. Turbo Vitz is 2,215,500 yen ($24,616 USD) when stock Vitz RS 1500 is 1,627,500yen ($18,083 USD). TRD organize One Make race and One Make rally event for Vitz. Both racecars are street legal Vitz which means you can drive the Vitz from your house to the race track and then enjoy racing them. It is easy to find tuning parts for Vitz in Japan.
Knight Sports' supercharged Demio (Mazda 2) is famous in Japan because of Hot Version DVD. There is Mazda Demio One Make race in Japan which is almost same style as Vitz One Make race. Racecar Demio is street legal car. It is hard to find tuned Demio in Japan but Demio is very popular for Gymkhana racing and rally racing. Demio is lighter than Fit and Yaris. Coilovers and axle shaft work hard at any racing scene. Lightweight body can help to work for coilovers and axle shaft that's why it is not easy to brake coliovers and axle shaft. If you had no money to buy Impreza or Lancer Evo and you like rally racing very much, Demio is good for you.
Keiichi Tsuchiya says 1500cc car is good for making your driving skill at the race track. You don't need to spend much money for keeping and tuning 1500cc car. Honda New CR-Z sport have 1500cc engine and hybrid assist motor. Please forget slow and old 1500cc cars. Fit, Yaris and Mazda2 are not slow and there are many tuning menu for them and you can save the gas.
Some companies developed new system for EV. One of new system is exchange battery system. That is share the battery for all of EV owners and you can change the battery at the gas stations. Changing battery time is about 10 minutes. That is shorter than charging battery time. But this situation is same as cell phone batteries. Battery shape is different with all of cell phone. It is hard to decide same battery for all of EV companies.
Another system is coil charger system. That is put the coil on the street and put another coil under the EV's chassis. When EV run over the coil on the street, EV's coil pick up electricity from the coil under the street and charging EV's battery. If there would be the coil under the road of freeway, EV can keep on charging battery when EV run on the freeway and driver don't need to worry about battery.
Many people talk about future is cars. EV? Fuel cell? Hybrid? Diesel? I am not sure which car is future of cars. Fact is Tesla Roadster is faster than an expensive sport car in LA.