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Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer: a completely deranged CR-V

March 1, 2023

Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer 2023

The Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer was built at the Honda Automotive Development Center (ADC) in Ohio by the Honda of America Racing Team (HART). Comparing the car to a normal CR-V is not really possible. Still, some components are interchangeable with an ordinary one.

Partly a standard Honda CR-V

Starting at the belt line, the Hybrid Racer used standard steel bodywork from the sixth-generation CR-V, including the glass windshield, windows and even the sunroof. The lower half is made of carbon composite, with a huge front splitter and flared wings. An equally large rear wing and half-cut butterfly doors on either side for the driver and passenger complete the bodywork.

Honda V6 IndyCar powerplant

In the rear lurks a 2.2-liter twin-turbo Honda V6 IndyCar powerplant with electro-support. The power? Count on about 800 horsepower. The powertrain runs on eco-fuel and features Skeleton Supercapacitors and Empel MGU hybrid technology for best performance.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer 2023

The Beast

While the car was in development, the project aptly codenamed “The Beast,” with looks reminiscent of the silhouette of GT race cars and Group B rally cars from the 1980s and 1990s. But the technology underneath is strictly 21st century.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer – Specifications (USA)


Chassis and Bodywork


Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer 2023