Next up on our Sema Show CR-Z menu after the production-ready Mugen version are two concept models created by Honda's North American racing company, Honda Performance Development or HPD for short. The CR-Z Hybrid R and CR-Z Racer studies were developed to demonstrate the potential of both street and racing performance.
The two cars share the same performance enhancements including a turbocharger and upgraded IMA hybrid system, which result in an estimated combined output of 200 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque. Both models also get a performance clutch, limited-slip differential, 'circuit-tuned' suspension, upgraded brakes and aerodynamic components.
From there on, the Hybrid R model was developed for street use benefiting from certain sport touches to the interior such as the red steering wheel rim and Recaro bucket seats.
The Racer was stripped of every part that was not needed to keep the vehicle's weight down and fitted with an array of racing accessories including a Sparco bucket seat and roll cage. Honda said that it will campaign two HPD CR-Z Racers at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in December to show off the car's racing capability.
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