HPD CR-Zs After attending SEMA each year, we like to choose a Honda that really stands out from the masses during the week-long event. This year we couldn't help but gravitate toward the HPD CR-Z combos, but we struggled with which one made a bigger impact. Rather than flip a coin, we decided to highlight both cars.
If you're not quite sure what HPD is or what they do, allow us to shed a little light on this group of Honda gurus. HPD, or Honda Performance Division, Inc., is Honda's North American Racing Company. They're responsible for supplying engines for the Indy Car Series, as well as both the American and European Le Mans race series. The group gets in-depth with race car technology, research, and development in their massive 123,000 square-foot Santa Clarita, CA, facility that houses design, development engineering, prototype and production parts manufacturing, race-engine preparation and rebuilding, material analysis, quality-control inspection, engine dynamometer test cells, a machine shop, electronics laboratory, and complete parts center.
HPD's white CR-Z is all business, with more power, better handling, and a lighter curb weight. Chassis strengthening and safety upgrades dominate a single bucket seat interior, while a custom front splitter and modified bumper add aero-performance to the front end. The quality of the additional pieces is top notch, with the fit and finish looking more like a factory standard than a performance add-on. Also boosted, this vehicle will be used for race competition in 2011.
The red CR-Z is futuristic, over the top, and dead sexy. Extensive aero enhancements, a center-exit exhaust system, 19-inch wheels, and a boosted powerplant that still retains all three of the CR-Z's patented multi-mode driving systems makes for one incredible display vehicle.