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2013 Honda CRZ Civic Si HPD Performance Development Commercial Carjam TV 2013

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The Honda CR-Z is a compact hybrid electric automobile manufactured by Honda and marketed as a "sport hybrid coupe."[3] The CR-Z combines a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain with traditional sports car[4] elements - most notably having a 2+2 seating arrangement and a standard manual transmission. The CR-Z is regarded as the spiritual successor to the second generation Honda CR-X in both name and exterior design.[5][6]

In the U.S., it is one of the least polluting vehicles available and is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) as defined by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The CR-Z is the only gasoline-electric hybrid model offered by any automaker that can be equipped with a manual transmission (except for older 2001-2005 models of Insight and Civic Hybrid).[7]

The CR-Z is the sixth unique version of Honda's IMA technology since the technology was first launched in the first generation Insight 3 door hatchback.[3] Sales of the CR-Z began in Japan in February 2010.[8] Sales in the U.S. began in August 2010.
The Honda Civic Si is a sport compact / hot hatch version of the Civic built by the Japanese automaker Honda. The Si trim was introduced for the third generation of Honda Civics in both Japan and North America. In Canada the trim became known as the SiR for the sixth and seventh generations, and the Si trim was equivalent to the USDM EX model.[1][2]

For the Japanese and European markets, the Civic Type R was adopted as the high-performance variant of the Civic, starting with the EK9 hatch for Japan in 1996 and then with the EP3 hatch for Europe in 2001. In North America the Type R name has never been used for Civics, and the Si/SiR badge continues to signify the highest performance trim. The Civic Si contrasts with the more track-oriented and spartan Type R, which has less sound deadening and amenities in return for better performance, and has been positioned as more of a full-featured sport trim, featuring luxury options such as a sunroof and a seven speaker audio system.
Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) is a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co.[1][2][3][4] which was established in 1993 and is based in Santa Clarita, California. It is the technical operations center for Honda's American motorsports programs and is involved in the design and development of race engines and chassis for auto racing series such as the IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Le Mans Series (LMS) and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).[5]
In 2006, Honda through its Acura brand, announced their plans to develop a Le Mans Prototype program for the ALMS, competing in the LMP2 class for the initial year of competition in 2007. The new car, called Acura ARX-01a, was a homologated development of chassis from Courage with a new 3.4 liter V8, the maximum size allowed by the rules being developed by HPD. This was the first V8 ever branded as an Acura as well as the first motor built entirely in the United States by Honda. Elements of the Acura V8, dubbed the AL7R, share similar architecture with the Honda engine used in the Indy Racing League although none of the parts are interchangeable. In 2010 Honda dropped the Acura name in favour of HPD and the car is now known as the HPD ARX-01. For the 2012 racing season HPD has decided to forego having a works team and instead focus on being a chassis and engine provider. 2012 will also see the HPD return to the premier class of racing, LMP1, in the Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship series.

added on 19 Nov. 2013

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