Honda Teases 800-HP CR-V Hybrid Race Car

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  • Honda Performance Development teased a race-ready CR-V with an 800-hp hybrid powertrain.
  • The teaser shows the SUV's bespoke carbon fiber bodywork, colossal front-splitter and rear diffuser, and a gargantuan rear wing.
  • Honda Performance Development neglected to announce any official events this gasoline-electric CR-V racer may compete in.

Honda Performance Development appears determined to push the performance limits of the 10Best-winning 2023 CR-V. The racing and performance arm of the Japanese automaker teased an 800-hp race-ready CR-V to whet enthusiasts' appetites for high-powered four-wheeled machines. Why a CR-V? We don't know, but we theorize that family-man Dominic Toretto may have commissioned this machine that practically screams "I'm a father, but I still live life a quarter-mile at a time."

HPD revealed few details about the vehicle itself, simply sharing that it's being developed with Auto Development Center teams and that motivation comes courtesy of a gasoline-electric powertrain that produces a mind-boggling 800 horsepower. We presume this CR-V rolled out of the factory with the SUV's available 204-hp hybrid powertrain. Then again, it may have had the standard 190-hp four-cylinder. Or HPD simply pulled a body in white from the assembly line before its mass-produced powerplant was ever installed. For now, HPD's keeping such information under wraps.

Fans of Where's Waldo? will have a gas trying to spot this SUV's production pieces in these teaser photos. From what we can tell, the taillights and hatch look like stock pieces, as do the headlights and grille. Otherwise, this CR-V's other pieces appear unique. Most—if not all—of this CR-V's body panels look as though they're bespoke carbon-fiber pieces, including the widened front and rear fenders. Aerodynamic bits dominate the front and rear ends. This includes a bevy of dive planes and a rear wing large enough to get its own representation in Congress.

HPD only supplied one shot of this CR-V's insides, but it appears the stock interior is completely gutted. Meanwhile, the addition of a roll cage ought to provide an extra layer of safety for those seated within this hot hybrid SUV. Look for HPD to share more about its CR-V racer when it reveals the vehicle on February 28.

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