Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer – Honda CRV Customized

Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer – Honda CRV Customized

– Demonstration vehicle combines HPD INDYCAR drivetrain, racing suspension, Firestone high-performance tires, and Honda CR-V Hybrid bodywork
– Features 2024 Honda INDYCAR hybrid power unit technology
– CR-V Hybrid Racer to debut at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

While hybrid power units will officially debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2024, race fans and car enthusiasts will be treated to a “sneak preview” of the incoming technology when the Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer makes its debut at next month’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The CR-V Hybrid Racer utilizes world-leading Skeleton Supercapacitors and Empel MGU hybrid motor technology, as well as Shell’s 100% renewable race fuel.

The Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer’s Chromoly steel tube chassis is wrapped in NAAD-designed “hybrid” bodywork. The Hybrid Racer used a standard production sixth-generation CR-V steel body from the beltline up, including the glass windscreen, windows, and even the sunroof. The lower half is made of carbon fiber and features a massive front splitter and louvered, flared fenders. The bodywork is completed by an equally large rear wing and butterfly half-cut doors on either side for the driver and passenger.

Lili Melikian, senior exterior designer, created a one-of-a-kind wrap for the finished Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer. The eye-catching design includes a number of “easter eggs,” such as ghosted images of the powertrain and INDYCAR SERIES circuits.

The project was codenamed “The Beast” while in development, and it resembled the silhouette GT racing and Group B rally cars of the 1980s and 1990s. However, the technology beneath the skin is completely modern.

The Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer strengthens the links between HPD, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and Honda passenger vehicles; raises awareness of the new INDYCAR hybrid powertrain, which will debut in 2024; highlights the fun and power available from Honda electrified powertrains; and highlights the innovation, creativity, and capabilities of both HPD and Honda Automotive Development Center.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer Public Appearances:
The Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer will make its public debut at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 3-5. The one-of-a-kind vehicle will be on display and performing on-track demonstrations at several INDYCAR events, including the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 14-16); the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix (April 28-30); the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (June 30-July 2); the Honda Indy Toronto (July 14-16); the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville (August 4-6); the Grand Prix of Portland ( (September 8-10).

The CR-V Hybrid Racer will make additional appearances at select events throughout 2023, in addition to INDYCAR race weekends.

– Honda HI23TT 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine
– Borg Warner EFR7163 turbochargers
– McLaren Applied Technologies Tag 400i Engine Control Unit
– Drive-by-wire controlled port throttle
– Shell 100% renewable race fuel
– Driver-activated Empel electric motor generator unit
– Skeleton super capacitor energy storage system
– XTRAC six-speed transmission; Mega-Line Assisted paddle-shift

Chassis and Bodywork:
– Chromoly tube frame chassis
– New, 6th generation Honda CR-V Hybrid bodywork from beltline up
– Standard Honda CR-V Hybrid windshield and greenhouse
– Custom carbon fiber lower bodywork incorporating flared fenders
– Butterfly half-cut doors provide access for driver and passenger
– Radiator adapted by HPD from the Dallara IR-18 Indy car
– Clamshell rear bodywork to display power unit and drivetrain
– Custom downforce-producing front splitter and rear wing

– Front suspension from HPD-developed Acura NSX GT-3 Evo22
– Rear suspension adapted from Dallara IR-18 Indy car
– Brembo 380mm front brakes from Acura NSX GT-3 Evo22
– Brembo 355mm custom rear brakes adapted to Dallara IR-18 suspension
– Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Ultra-High Performance Summer Tires
– Front tires 285/35-20; Rear tires a massive 305/35-20
– 2Elle Engineering 20×10.5 Front and 20×11 Rear two-piece alloy wheels

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