Yuji Matsumochi, the man responsible for the fastest and most powerful Civic Type R, has a humble Jazz as his daily drive in Japan. But that’s for practical reasons. He’s a car guy through and through. The turbo’s lead engineer, he can grab the keys to a development vehicle any time. Matsumochi-san’s first set of wheels before joining Honda was a Toyota MR2 sports car. A 17-year veteran of Honda, he also worked on the first generation NSX supercar and the S2000 convertible’s valve technology. Every vent, bulge, fin and wing (except the fake mesh in the rear bumper) serves an aerodynamic purpose, says Honda. The bonnet vent pushes hot air out of the engine bay, under the car and out the side fender vents. Other vents and wings reduce turbulence near the front and rear wheels. The massive rear wing is critical for stability above 200km/h. Honda says the Type R is the only frontdrive hot hatch with “genuine downforce”. The middle of three tailpipes is designed to reduce exhaust drone at freeway speeds.