• Aug 26th 2010 at 7:23PM
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Widebody Honda CR-Z Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

The GT Channel crew have snagged a handful of shots of a widebody Honda CR-Z being built for an unknown venue, and while it could just be an elaborate show car for this January's Tokyo Auto Salon, it's possible Honda is prepping the CR-Z for a run in Japan's SuperGT touring car series.

With one of the Honda HSV-010 teams holding down second place in the GT500 class this season, HoMoCo could be looking to capitalize off its success – and the popularity of the hybrid hatch in Japan – by fielding a CR-Z is the GT300 class. The engine and chassis restrictions are less rigid compared to the top-tier SuperGT racers, so the mid-mounted V6 (or V8?) shown in the gallery below is a-okay with JAF (the regulating body behind SuperGT) – even with a set of turbos.

If the build is taking place now (check the carbon fiber doors coming out of the autoclave), Honda or one of its racing affiliates is likely to start testing the CR-Z racer this fall before the new season kicks off in March of 2011.



[Source: GT Channel]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares it's stinking honda................
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clearly you care.

        You make some stupid comment in every Honda related thread. Luckly the moderators at Autoblog see fit to delete most of your post.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this will not be a CR-Z, but a bad attempt by Honda to inspire sales?

      It will not share any drivetrain from the current CR-Z, it won't share the body of the CR-Z, at the very least will it share the chassis?

      So it will be no different then the RMR 'Hyundai Genesis'...except RMR actually used a Hyundai Genesis engine...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I don't see the point in calling this a CR-Z. Barely any of the GT series cars carry over features from the cars they're supposed to emulate.

        If these things didn't use these chassis however, it would just devolve into formula version infinity. So again, what's the point.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be
      sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with
      everyone.
      House Sales
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will they make a production version? "No"
      Will they then produce the HSV then? "No"
      So basically they're slapping on a new face of a car that really isn't that sporty onto a racecar that is in a racing series only because Honda managed to get around some of the rules. "Correct"
      Why does Honda seem to care about racing sports cars so much when they don't produce any? "We have the CR-Z"
      ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoops, my bad. The CR-Z is entering GT300 and not replacing the HSV in GT500 so it is not a new face on the same car. Still, doesn't change the fact Honda has been neglecting any consumer outside the standard Civic/Accord/Odyssey fare.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda's response: "Toyota has no Sports Car. We dont need no Sports Car."
        Us: "Um.. they are having the Ft-86 being released soon. Its going to be rwd and supposedly cheap."
        Honda: "After they release this car we'll start creating our own and be about 5 years behind them. Such is the Honda way."
        Us: =(
      • 5 Years Ago
      HoMo Co ...

      **snickers** lol


      Anyway, If the Corolla axio GT can do the same, why not the CR-Z? looking forward to the FT-86 roughing it up in the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm glad I'm not the only one who laughed at that!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, for some reason I don't think this is a SuperGT GT300 spec car. Honda MIGHT be doing the samething Renault did with the Megane Cup and make a spec series just for this car. This car could still very well be FWD just like the Megane Cup is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nevermind. I'm a little medicated and didn't read the article much and didn't look at the pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey, it's the kit car NSX!

      sorta....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hum I think honda should use this body style for their production
      CR-Z, it sure looks a hell of a lot better then the production CR-Z

      Actually , I will go further and say this is a pretty good looking car!

      Just trim the fenders down some , while still having that push out look and put a normal trunk spoiler on it!

      Of cause some of those that like the boy racer look might like that trunk spoiler!

      If honda can do something this good, that is so nice looking on a race car body, why can't they make their production cars look good ?

      It boggle the mind!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't help but think the nose looks a lot like an RX-8... like as in when I saw the picture I thought it was a Rex. I believe in you Honda but get back to being original (yes I realize this is a racecar) but the new Acura's are pretty Caddy like too. Swap the emblems and it could pass as a Caddy...accept I think the Acura's are awkward and maybe a generation away before they really get the looks right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more. It's front end looks VERY similar to an RX-8's front end. Headlights, grille, front vents, wheel arches, hood... all the same. That's not a bad thing necessarily, as I think the Mazda is a great looking car, but some more originality would have been nicer.
      Pug_Power
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a bit off topic, but I wish SuperGT races were aired regularly here in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        Speed would air them.... ....... at 3am with no advertising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To built and design this car Honda is thinking and listening his home market , not
      in a people that drive a drowned katrina hyundai.
      Please Honda built a production version, but just a JDM edition, anyway America
      dont like the CR-Z.
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