When I was told at the R&D Center that I’d be designing a genuine EV sports car, I was overjoyed. I had originally joined Honda with the dream of designing a true small sports car, and many of my colleagues have the same dream. For my design, I wanted to let people experience the fun of a small convertible sports car that’s perfect for the EV era.
Honda has a history of successful small sports cars and therefore has a wealth of design history to draw upon. Although I wanted to avoid basing my design on nostalgia, I didn’t feel that designing an EV sports meant making everything different from the past, either. Certainly, some things would change while others would not. I wanted this to be a car that would make car lovers smile and make young people who are not yet into cars think, “Wow, a car is a really cool vehicle.” Creating this kind of coolness was my goal.
Usually, the exterior and interior designs of an automobile are clearly divided and assigned to two different designers, but for the EV-STER there was no such boundary, and both design tasks were combined. After all, the exterior and interior of a convertible are one and the same. With everything focused on the driver, the EV-STER represents a completely new approach to the sports car.