First Mugen showed off its 2011 Honda CR-Z, and then Spoon’s version hit the limelight shortly thereafter. But now the hottest hatch in Japan is in the hands of famed performance modifier HKS, where it’s getting a thorough shakedown and rebuild.
Engineers first dismantled their all-black example to get a better idea of the chassis construction. After a few days of driving it on public roads, they soon put it on Fuji Speedway for initial handling impressions. They even had Super GT driver Takayuki Aoki push the hybrid to its limits in order to make sure their analysis was correct.
Then came the creation and installation of prototype Hypermax III coilovers. If you’re unfamiliar with Hypermax, it’s the brand’s top-tier coilover setup used on its high-performance racing machines and customer cars. They’re fine tuned for each application, and together with the Advan Racing forged wheels and sticky Advan tires are sure to keep the CR-Z planted in any driving situation.
Like Spoon, analysis and development has only just begun for HKS. Plenty of performance mods are expected to come out in the next few months, so stay tuned.
Source: HKS blog (Japanese language)