Honda’s tuning arm Mugen, has today announced that the company will be competing in the 2012 Super GT Series GT 300 class with a race-bred Honda CR-Z. The new racer will debut at the 4th round of the series to be held at Sportsland Sugo in July 29.
Team Mugen was spotted testing the Mugen Honda CR-Z GT 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit recently. The Mugen CR-Z, jointly developed by Honda and Mugen, is powered by a twin turbo 2.8 litre V6 engine assisted by a racing hybrid system.
Formula Nippon driver Daisuke Nakajima will join former GT500 driver Hideki Muto in the drivers line-up for Team Mugen.
2012 Mugen Honda CR-Z GT300 Press Release
Shin Nagaosa, president of M-TEC Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter called M-TEC) announced TEAM /MUGEN, with technical support of Honda, will join the 2012 SUPER GT SERIES GT 300 Class using a CR-Z equipped with a racing hybrid system, making its debut at the 4th round of the series to be held at SPORTSLAND SUGO in July 29.
The nominated driver line-up of TEAM /MUGEN for this GT300 challenge combines the extensive experience of prior GT500 and Indycar driver, Hideki Muto, alongside the youthful, highly-talented Daisuke Nakajima.
The standard road car market has seen intensive development resulting in dramatic progress of Hybrid technology, and M-TEC believes that the development and integration of motor assist or regenerative energy systems will play an increasingly important role in the future motor sports environment. M-TEC joins the SUPER GT GT300 Class with CR-Z in order to contribute to the intellectual growth of the company’s young engineers, helping them acquire and expand their knowledge of the use of these new technologies in a competitive atmosphere.
|MUGEN Honda CR-Z GT Specifications|
Length / Width / Height (mm) : 4,445 / 1,940 / more than 1,100
Wheelbase (mm) : 2,555
Curb Weight (kg) : more than 1,200
Engine : 2.8 L V6 Twin Turbo + Racing Hybrid