Honda displays CR-Z Hybrid R and Racer Concept machines

Honda displays CR-Z Hybrid R and Racer Concept machines

Despite some initial disapproval of Honda’s hybrid CR-Z as a spiritual successor to the old favourite CR-X many tuning companies are now getting into it. The SEMA show in Las Vegas has played host to a range of modified CR-Zs like the Mugen version (read news) but the most striking could be the two concept models created by Honda’s North American racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The CR-Z Hybrid R and CR-Z Racer studies were developed to demonstrate the potential for both street and racing applications for the CR-Z.

The two cars share most of the same performance enhancements including a turbocharger and upgraded IMA hybrid system, which result in an estimated combined output of 150kW and 237Nm of torque. Both models also get a performance clutch, limited-slip differential, retuned suspension, upgraded brakes and some aerodynamic pieces.

After those mods, the Hybrid R street-spec model was given some sport touches to the interior such as a red steering wheel rim and Recaro bucket seats.

The Racer was given the lightweight treatment and stripped of every part that was not required. It was also fitted with a range of racing accessories including a Sparco bucket seat and roll cage. Honda now plans to campaign the two HPD CR-Z Racers at an upcoming endurance race in the States to best show off the car’s racing capability.

Despite some initial disapproval of Honda’s hybrid CR-Z as a spiritual successor to the old favourite CR-X many tuning companies are now getting into it. The SEMA show in Las Vegas has played host to a range of modified CR-Zs like the Mugen version (read news) but the most striking could be the two concept models created by Honda’s North American racing company, Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The CR-Z Hybrid R and CR-Z Racer studies were developed to demonstrate the potential for both street and racing applications for the CR-Z.

The two cars share most of the same performance enhancements including a turbocharger and upgraded IMA hybrid system, which result in an estimated combined output of 150kW and 237Nm of torque. Both models also get a performance clutch, limited-slip differential, retuned suspension, upgraded brakes and some aerodynamic pieces.

After those mods, the Hybrid R street-spec model was given some sport touches to the interior such as a red steering wheel rim and Recaro bucket seats.

The Racer was given the lightweight treatment and stripped of every part that was not required. It was also fitted with a range of racing accessories including a Sparco bucket seat and roll cage. Honda now plans to campaign the two HPD CR-Z Racers at an upcoming endurance race in the States to best show off the car’s racing capability.

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