• Nov 4, 2010
Bisimoto Honda CR-Z Hybrid – Click above for a high-res image gallery

The team from Bisimoto has taken to curing the Honda CR-Z hybrid of its anemia by prescribing massive doses of forced induction. The stock 1.5-liter four-cylinder was extracted and rebuilt using Arias pistons and a Bisimoto valvetrain, but the star of the show is that massive billet Turbonetics turbo. It shoves ample amounts of air through a 70-millimeter custom throttle body at a rate that has to rival most jet engines. The whole kit and caboodle is good for a staggering 533 horsepower, which helps explain why a car that started life with a 0-60 mph time of 10 seconds now requires a parachute to reduce its inertia.

Is this proof positive that the CR-Z has the kind of tunability that made the CRX legendary, or simply an example of cash conquering all handicaps? Decide for yourself as you scroll through our high-res image gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I complained about the carbon-fibre wrapped CRZ in the other article. I will at least give them credit for improving the power output of this one. The gas mileage probably isn't completely horrible if you stay out of boost, which should be somewhat simple given the size of the turbo relative to the 1.5L displacement.

      However, I agree with other comments regarding ridiculous power curve with poor average power, and inability to put down that power through the front wheels. I disagree that this car really needs a parachute with 460 fwhp. How fast does this actually go in the 1/4 mi? You only have to have a parachute according to NHRA rules if you trap 150mph or better...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a wee turbo ya got there, lad!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, what? A turbo kit and a few other pieces increases hp 5X??!!? Holy crap, what did that Equus have, 75hp from a turbo, exhaust, and nitrous? THIS is how you tune, people!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's still a 1.5L 4-cyl though, and I think there's something to be said for: a) increasing an engine's power output by five times, and b) getting 500+hp out of 1.5L of displacement.

        Throw a traction bar on the back and let's see this thing make a pass!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that's better. Any word as to what they did with the electric component of the drivetrain? I can't imagine it was designed to withstand those horsepower levels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Glad someone else caught that. Did they still just leave it in? I mean, do what you want with the motor, that part doesn't matter that much. It's that stupid electric drivetrain we all want ripped out.
      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      No reason why this car can't be somewhere in the 10's assuming they've setup the suspension properly. Good times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd rather have the 400 hp Genesis Coupe than the 500 hp CR-Z. Something about rwd with all that power just seems like a better package - I can't imagine all the tire spinning you'd have with the Honda trying to get it start moving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      533hp is a little better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      But, the pertinent question is what kind of gas mileage does it get. Did they have to take the battery pack ? If all this tuning significantly reduces the mileage, then it was all for naught. It proves nothing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because clearly SEMA is all about mpg and CO2 outputs - just enjoy the machine for what it is and stop being so anal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I'm pretty that utterly ruining the MPG was part of the point of this 533hp car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's weird that as I read this article I'm fixated on the mention of using a "a parachute to reduce its inertia." I know this is a perfectly reasonable sounding statement, but as a graduate student in mechanical engineering, it's nails on a chalk board.

      Inertia is a property of mass, adding a parachute actually increases the inertia of an object because it adds mass. For the purpose of a car, a parachute can serve to arrest it's momentum by increasing a car's frontal area, and therefore increasing drag. However, in a vacuum, a parachute would increase the inertia of a car, and actually cause the car to decelerate slower then it would without the parachute. This also assumes that breaking force, and not traction is the limiting factor in deceleration. In reality, we don't live in a vacuum, so a parachute can be used to aid deceleration much the same way that decreasing the inertia of a vehicle would do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. The CR-Z goes from ridiculously slow to uselessly overboosted. No middle ground???? Ditch the turbo setup, ditch the batteries, install K20 and trans. Done deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would have been cheaper just to drop an LS series engine in it, and you wouldn't have to deal with all that turbo lag.

      Probably would have been lighter, too.
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