Honda Unveil CR-V Hybrid Racer Inspired By Indycar

Honda has unveiled an extreme new hybrid version of their CR-V car that’s been fitted with an Indycar Series race car’s 800bhp hybrid V6. Dubbed the ‘Beast’, the Hybrid Racer is a "rolling laboratory" that will test Honda’s plans to go further with electrification. “This project vehicle is an Indycar ‘beast’ in Honda CR-V ‘sheep’s clothing’,” said David Salters, president and technical director for Honda Performance Development. “The CR-V Hybrid Racer is our ‘rolling electrified laboratory’, to investigate where the talented men and women of HPD and Honda could go with electrification, hybrid technology and 100% renewable fuels ” Boasting an electrified version of Indycar's 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 that utilises supercapacitors to store electricity. It runs on renewable fuels and generates roughly 800bhp. However, the CR-V Hybrid Racer will eventually be uprated to the full 2.4 litres afforded by new Indycar rules, and this is likely to rise to the series’ maximum of 900bhp. The futuristic race car runs on Shell’s 100% renewable race fuel, and features world-leading Skeleton Supercapacitors and Empel MGU hybrid motor technology. The Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer will made its public debut from 3 to 5 March 2023 at the NTT Indycar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida. The unique vehicle will be on display and making on-track demonstrations at multiple Indycar events throughout the season.