These little CR-Z hybrids are starting to get serious! Although the stock spec CR-Z is not terribly powerful, tuners Top Secret and HKS have both already overcome that hurdle with apparent ease. HKS’s CR-Z is supercharged and currently produces 315ps at the wheels. Top Secret’s CR-Z sports a bolt on turbo as it’s method of forced induction and outputs 305ps at the wheels. Both power #s are now very respectable, especially considering the size and weight of the car they are powering.
However, I think almost anyone who drives sports cars can appreciate the point that a proper tuned car is more about lap times and less about dyno charts. So the real test of the tuners is how they performed against each other at Tsukuba.
Surprisingly the smaller tuning shop Top Secret was able to beat the publicly traded mega tuner HKS at a Tsukuba circuit time attack battle! Considering the differences in R&D budgets that’s quite a huge feat for Top Secret!
The best lap times at Tsukuba Cirucit are as follows:
Top Secret CR-Z: 1’06.368
HKS CR-Z: 1’07.04
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