Honda CR-Z GT300 racing version to enter 2012 Super GT

Honda has released some computer-generated images of its upcoming Honda CR-Z GT300 race car it will race in this year’s Super GT Japanese touring car championship.

The sporty new Honda (full Honda CR-Z review here) won’t be the first hybrid in the Japanese Super GT series, it will compete against the Toyota Prius GT300 car, which was revealed in computer-generated form earlier this year.

It is a perfect fit for Honda though, as the CR-Z is the sportiest car in Honda’s current showroom lineup. The race version will be campaigned as Team Mugen and will be built by M-TEC, featuring a full wide-body bodykit, racing cockpit and roll cage, and a full race powertrain.

Specific details on the engine are yet to be revealed. Obviously, it will do without the standard 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and electric motor assist hybrid as seen in the road car. Instead, it will get a 300hp (224kW) setup, as per class regulations.

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Honda has confirmed that the CR-Z GT300 race car will use a hybrid system though, possibly linked up to a kinetic energy recuperation system which stores additional power during braking.

The Honda CR-Z GT300 racer isn’t set to make an official debut race until the fourth round of the 2012 Super GT, on July 30.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.