CR-Z Prototype to Run Pikes Peak with Full-EV Power
Not just content with tackling the Pikes Peak course using a Le Mans prototype, Honda are also trying out a full-EV power CR-Z.
Just last week, we told you about Honda’s plans to tackle this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with their LMP2 Le Mans prototype. But it seems that’s not the only vehicle Honda are throwing at Pikes Peak this year.
It’s also been announced that they’re running a CR-Z too. But it’s no ordinary CR-Z. This one features an experimental powertrain and will take on the course with full-EV power.
The full technical specifications are being kept under wraps for the time being, but we do know a few details.
Firstly, the CR-Z sports a fully-electric powertrain and ditches the 1.5-litre inline-four that makes up the internal-combustion part of the hybrid production model. This contradicts some rumours out there that say the CR-Z destined for Pikes Peak is hiding a hybrid powertrain from the new NSX.
While we still don’t know much else about the CR-Z’s electric motor (or motors), we do know that they’ll be powering all four wheels using Honda’s proprietary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) systems.
With all the technology it sports, the Honda CR-Z should stand a pretty good chance of conquering the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course in a decent time; especially with the aggressive aero package and bodywork that it boasts.
Behind the wheel of the CR-Z will be Japanese Super GT series driver Tetsuya Yamano. He won the GT300 title back in 2004 driving an NSX and he’s also got a lot of experience thrashing Civics about in Gymkhana events, so he’s more than qualified for the Pikes Peak challenge.
The CR-Z prototype stands as good a chance of doing well as any other vehicle at Pikes Peak, but Honda will be using the event more for experimentation than anything else.
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