The Stig’s flying hybrids
The Stig tries to make ultra-frugal hybrids oversteer, and then jumps them over a humpbacked bridge
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
The Honda is more familiar. The petrol engine - a quite thrashy, harsh and non-Honda-ish little sewing machine... please give us a sweet little VTEC next time, Honda... ah, you will in your funky new CRX hybrid sports car, good - where was I? Yes, the thrashy-sounding petrol engine starts on the key, is much more audible, and starts and stops with many more little thumps and knocks and lurches than the Toyota's. It feels cheaper, so it's a good job it is. And it's quite hard to make it work in electric-only mode.
But you can enjoy the drive, something you can't really do in the Prius. After our motorway run at 75mph - nearly a dead heat, at 51mpg for the Insight, and 49.9mpg for the Prius, and very little acceleration available from either above that speed - we confirmed the Honda's fun factor advantage at the test track, by introducing the cars to the Stig.