Honda unveils a racing CR-V Hybrid with 800 horsepower
As you might be aware, the IndyCar series vehicles are set to incorporate hybrid technology in 2024. As a teaser, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the North American motorsports division of Japanese carmaker Honda, has recently revealed an astonishing experimental vehicle that runs on electrification.
Dubbed as “The Beast,” this incredible experimental vehicle is a hybrid CR-V that has been extensively modified by a team of HPD engineers based in California and manufactured in Ohio by the Honda of America Racing Team (HART). The vehicle will be unveiled to the public during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida this weekend.
The engine of “The Beast” has no similarity with the production CR-V hybrid, as it is powered by a 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which is utilized in IndyCar racing. Similarly, the six-speed XTRAC transmission is also not found in the production model. The car uses 100% renewable racing fuel, developed by Shell. The electric motor is powered by a supercapacitor provided by Skeleton Technologies.
Honda has not disclosed the torque or acceleration times, but with a total output of 800 horsepower, it can be assumed that the vehicle is extremely fast and powerful.
The Acura NSX GT-3 Evo22 provides the suspension for the front, while the Dallara IR-18 suspension is used in the back of the tubular chromoly steel chassis. The Brembo brakes also come from these two race cars, with disc diameters of 380mm and 355mm respectively. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires, known for their ultra-high performance.
The flamboyant bodywork draws inspiration from the hybrid engine, with graphic elements that feature a transition from blue to red to highlight the two sources of energy. Although the upper portion of the vehicle, which includes the roof and windows, is similar to the new CR-V, the lower section is entirely composed of carbon fiber. This includes the large front spoiler, the widened and open fenders, the side skirts, the butterfly-opening half doors, and the massive rear spoiler.
The final outcome exudes a design reminiscent of the GT and rally cars of the 80s and 90s. The interior of the vehicle has been completely stripped down and modified for racing purposes. Honda’s hybrid racing CR-V will make various appearances and on-track demonstrations throughout 2023, including the upcoming Indy Toronto from July 14 to 16.
As you may have surmised, Honda currently has no intentions of releasing any high-performance versions of the CR-V or CR-V Hybrid in the foreseeable future.