Honda Bringing CR-Z Hybrid Racecar to Le Mans
Honda will demonstrate its CR-Z hybrid racacar at “Le Mans vers le Futur” (Le Mans toward the future), a support event for the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place June 11-12.
Developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of American Honda, the CR-Z hybrid racecar produces 200-horsepower of the 1.5-liter engine and 237 Nm of torque.
Honda unveiled the race-spec CR-Z hybrid last year at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Later, it was entered into the Thunderhill 25 Hours race in San Francisco, finishing second in its class.
In Europe, the CR-Z Racer is used as a pace car as part of Speed EuroSeries.
Honda is the second Japanese carmaker to campaign its green racecar at the second annual Le Mans vers le Futur. Last week, Nissan announced that its all-electric LEAF NISMO RC will take place at the event.
Technical data of the CR-Z Racer hybrid by HPD
Production year: 2010
Configuration: Combination IMA hybrid
(Electric motor between the internal combustion engine and gearbox)
Li-ion battery: 7 kWh/173 volts
Architecture: 4 cylinders in line, mounted transversely in front, FWD
Displacement: 1,497 cm3
Type: SOHC, 4 valves / cylinder; fuel Injection and turbocharger
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Power: 200 hp
Max torque: 237 Nm
Specific Power: 133 hp / liter
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