Honda CR-Z to enter GT300 class of the Super GT racing series

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 7, 2012

Honda’s CR-Z, which was developed with M-TEC Co., Ltd., will be competing with Toyota’s Prius Hybrid race car at the GT300 class of the Super GT racing series. Team Mugen will campaign for the CR-Z. But then, don’t expect the hybrid racer to appear until Round 4 of the Super GT Series. Honda hasn’t released the complete set of details yet.

So far, it has only confirmed that there would really be a race car and that it will be equipped with a hybrid racing system. Hideki Mutoh has been named to be this project’s development driver. He is famous for having competed in the IndyCar Series and the GT500 class of Super GT.

It would take some time before images of the finished project would be released since Round 4 of the Super GT 2012 schedule isn’t until July 30, 2012. Honda said that beginning this year, Honda will enter the GT300 class with a CR-Z that has a racing hybrid system.

Honda will support the racing activities of TEAM MUGEN through a joint project with M-TEC Co., Ltd. They hope to participate in GT300 starting on Round 4 (Sportsland SUGO).

Honda’s CR-Z was named by the EPA as the "Most-Efficient Two Seater" in 2011. For 2012, the CR-Z features one change: a new black seat fabric option for models in Crystal Black Pearl finish. This seat option replaces the standard silver mesh sports seat covers. The 2012 CR-Z starts selling at $19,545, plus a $770 destination and handling fee.

There are two Honda CR-Z models you can choose from. There’s the well-equipped CR-Z model and there's the feature-rich CR-Z EX. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a Continuously Variable Transmission or CVT is available. The CR-Z’s other standard features include an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system complete with six speakers, Vehicle Stability Assist, an automatic climate control, power locks for windows and doors, cruise control, and remote entry, among many others.

Meanwhile, the Honda CR-Z EX boasts of High-Intensity Discharge Headlights with Auto-On/Off, a Premium 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System complete with seven speakers and a subwoofer, fog lights, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and perforated leather-covered steering wheel. The CR-Z EX also has the Satellite-Linked Navigation System available, with voice recognition.

The Honda CR-Z’s exterior has a "one-motion" wedge form, which starts at the low-slung hood and forms into a broad forward stance. Its side profile showcases a deeply inset beltline that adds a dynamic element, and its short wheelbase and big, wide front grille both emphasize the vehicle's athletic persona. Exterior colors for the CR-Z include Milano Red Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, North Shore Blue Metallic, Storm Silver Metallic, and Premium White Pearl.

Meanwhile, the vehicle’s interior is defined by intuitive controls and a high-tech appearance. Instrument panel meters light up in three-dimensional blue color, resulting in a multi-layered look. The dashboard’s upper portion is set against aluminum-style trim accents and textured black materials and extends toward the driver, providing a wraparound cockpit environment.

You will also enjoy the premium sport-oriented seats designed to give you firm lateral support as well as driving comfort. There is a mid-ship console right behind the front seats, optimizing cargo space. Additionally, a hard-shell separator may be closed for additional hidden storage.

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