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Supercharged Honda CR-Z Mugen Hits The Road: Video

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At this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Honda showed off a fully customized CR-Z race car, which featured a claimed output of 200 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. However, it isn’t the only force-fed CR-Z we’ve seen in recent months.

You may recall that Honda’s UK division recently teamed up with Mugen to develop the one-off prototype model you see here. Thanks to a string of modifications including enhancements to both the hybrid hatchback's 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine, which now sports a custom supercharger, as well as the Honda IMA system, performance is up but not at the cost of fuel economy.

At this stage, the project is being developed purely as a one-off prototype, but the video below shows what the car would look like out on some local roads. 

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  1. The video effects and the music are great. The rear end of the Honda CRZ hybrid supercharged? Not so great. A supercharger is attached to the hybrid power train in the name of what? Fuel efficiency? No way! Superchargers are not fuel efficiency devices but power induction ones. Power = Force x velocity. Increasing force or velocity in a heat engine is not going to happen without burning more fuel whether it is by increasing cylinder size or by making the engine rev faster. Superchargers cause engines rev faster. So I seriously doubt that "attaching a super charger will not affect fuel economy".There' just one way of saying this right: A Honda CRZ hybrid supercharged is more fuel efficient than a Honda CRZ supercharged not hybrid
     
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