The participation of the Toyota Prius into the Super GT race series had stirred quite a number of responses, since the car is a hybrid and is nothing that one could even call as “sporty”.* Of course, after some major tweaks on the bodywork and the power output, it does look like a proper GT race car. But the Prius is no longer going to be the only hybrid car in the game as Honda has just completed its own for Japan’s fastest Gran Touring race series, the CR-Z.

Born with a sleek and sporty look, Honda’s new sporty hybrid hatchback will be competing in the Super GT’s GT300 class, going against the other built-to-race opponents like the Mercedes SLS and the Nissan GT-R. Of course, it is not a major concern since the power output in all the GT300 cars is limited to 300 horsepower, but it is still going to be a challenge.

Since the CR-Z’s hybrid drivetrain only delivers 122 horsepower, Honda replaced it with a 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine matched with a custom racing hybrid system to match the others in the class. The body panels were also replaced with carbon fiber for weight reduction, besides of having the interior stripped and having a roll cage fitted.

The car had recently gone through its testing session at the Twin Ring Motegi race circuit under the hands of Hideki Mutoh. Dubbed the Mugen CR-Z GT, this new entry will be operated by Team Mugen and will be making an appearance in the fourth round of the 2012 race series at Sportsland SUGO, with Formula Nippon driver Daisuke Nakajima behind the wheels.

 

Sources:

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/07/mugen-honda-cr-z-gt-revealed-with-twin-turbo-v6.html

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1077469_honda-to-race-cr-z-hybrid-in-japans-super-gt-series

 

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CRZ in super GT?? ROFL !!
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mind boggling indeed…
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Nice wing at the back
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Kinda defeat the whole Hybrid technology for the CRZ don’t you think?
But then again, the Nissan GTR35 did not use the VR38 in the FIA GT1 category right?
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too bad cannot see it at SEPANG GT….by the way love the looks….we’ll see the result on the 29 July 2012 at SUGO circuit…
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sounds like a NSX engine with turbo
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its FR
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very petite, LOL beast like R35 is gonna crush this little rat into pieces.
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it looks happy! 😀
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this hybrid i approve
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Not as noisy as other GT car
Maybe due to the hybrid system??
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