The search for a new car is one full of joy, hate, disappointment and endless hours scouring the various online sources finding just the right car.
Well it is for most, but for Lou, she found it whilst helping her Dad looking for a new car, and one fateful trip to a Honda dealership later she knew what her next car was going to be, the little known Honda CR-Z, the spiritual successor to the CR-X (Which Xzibit described as ‘a pocket rocket’ if anyone remembers that episode of Pimp My Ride).
It’s also a Hybrid, with a 1.5L i-VTEC(yo) engine and a small electric motor to utilise regenerative braking, helping to keep the MPG higher.
A year ago now Lou noticed a pearl white CR-Z in the Honda dealership she drives past to get to work, and after going in to have a look, she walked out the new owner of her very own CR-Z, and had the antagonising wait of seeing her car every day with a ‘SOLD’ sign on whilst the paperwork and plate transfer was carried out.
Coming from a Civic she was no stranger to the Jap scene, and knew the OEM look wasn’t for her. Doing as any new car owner would, she hit the internet to get some inspiration, but found it was a very rarely modified car in the UK, but no worries, the US had gotten hold of it and started running.
After going through 3 sets of wheels, and FIVE colour schemes, she settled on the tried and trusted 17” XXR 527 supplied by Wheel Power Devon in 8.25J and 9.75J, and then stretched some trusty Nankangs on to them to get them to fit where the much thinner standard wheels used to.
And I think the colour was a great choice too, loud pink really grabs the eye, and we all instantly knew (or hoped!) it was a girl owned car when we spotted it at Avonmeads, and with matching Tegiwa tow eye and LUKE harnesses, it really compliments the pearl white paint.
The little hybrid was introduced to the asphalt with some Tein Super Street coilovers, finishing the stance off nicely.
And with the addition of JDP carbon fibre spoiler/diffuser combo and a Honda lip spoiler, the car really started to get a nice aggressive personality to it, adding some contrast to the white paintwork.
After finishing the show season Lou now wants to take the car in to a USDM direction for 2014, so this will be one to keep an eye out for as it continues to push in to new territory for the UK CR-Z scene.