This week Honda announced that it would be trimming several hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles from its lineup, including the two-seat, two-door CR-Z hatchback. Before it goes quietly into the night though, Honda will give the CR-Z a proper sendoff by outfitting it with Acura’s SH_AWD hybrid system and setting it loose on Pikes Peak.
The modified Honda CR-Z will be piloted by Tetsuya Yamano and is believed to be outfitted with the same 3.5 liter V6 and SH-AWD system that will go into production on the Acura NSX. That could give it 500+ horsepower with the addition of two electric motors to the rear-wheels, in a compact and lightweight package perfect for screaming up the narrow roads of Pikes Peak.
AutoGuide reports that in addition to its aggressive bodywork, the modified Honda CR-Z will also come equipped with the Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS) to help it maintain momentum going into the 156 turns comprising the Pikes Peak track. With less than two weeks between now and its big debut, expect more details on this ambitious hybrid racer soon.