While the old Le Mans racer from Mazda is powered by a four piston Wankel engine that puts out 700 horsepower, Honda’s brand new car sound a lot less attractive, with only 200 hp on tap. However, the little electric motor between the 1.5-liter engine and the gearbox makes this a whole lot more appealing for future races.
The latest news from Honda’s motorsport front is that the Japanese company will campaign a CR-Z hybrid racecar at the second annual Le Mans Vers Le Futur, which translates to ‘Le Mans to the Future’ - a fitting name for a race involving a hybrid. Basically, this is where prototypes that could represent the future of racing are shown. Just as a reminder, Nissan is also participating in the same race with the all-electric LEAF Nismo RC concept, which makes use of the standard car’s powertrain in an all new chassis that only looks like the regular LEAF.
The CR-Z hybrid racer is the other way around... sort of. The vehicle developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD), uses the same body as the street-going car, while the hybrid power train’s performance has been boosted to provide 200 hp to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The extra oomph comes from the turbocharger that’s been bolted onto the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.