Most hybrids, by nature, are boring. The Honda CR-Z however, speaks to the 12 year-old in all of us, through its sporty shape, and lively driving dynamics. It’s a full-on Prius hybrid, and it’s not what you’d call quick. But it’s tossable nature is much more entertaining than its cross-prefecture rival from Toyota City. And now, Honda has joined forces with its ‘authorized’ tuner, Mugen, to create an exciting hybrid racer for the GT300-Class of Japan’s Super GT.
Based on Honda’s snarky little hatchback, the CR-Z GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.8 liter V6, with a specially developed racing hybrid system We’re not sure exactly what constitutes a ‘racing hybrid system’, but we assume that it’s something like a KERS system, which stores energy generated by regenerative braking, providing momentary bursts of power.
The Honda / Mugen CR-Z GT will run in the GT300 class, which is designed for cars making less than 300-hp. The Subaru BRZ GT300, Toyota Prius GT300 (which looks way better than the production model), and a de-tuned Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 also run in this class.
We’re not sure what kind of power the Mugen CR-Z GT produces, but it’ll undoubtedly be quick. This assumption is furthered by the liberal use of carbon fiber throughout the body. And would you just look at those massively oversized wheels! There’s probably a “Hot Wheels – Made in China” stamp on the frame.
The Honda CR-Z GT is slated to debut later this month at the SUGO GT in Japan.