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Super GT Final Round: Announcement of retirement of the CR-Z and the hybrid racing car, Prius

As the 2015 Super GT Season ended and amid the fuss regarding the daunting off-season prior to the next race, Honda and Toyota announced the entry withdrawal of the CR-Z GT and the Prius GT, both of which are equipped with a hybrid system and had competed at the GT300 class.

On November 11, during the 2015 Super GT Season, Honda announced that it will withdraw the participation of the CR-Z GT. At the finals in Motegi, it finished fourth and achieved good results, making it fifth in the annual ranking.

The CR-Z GT had participated since the middle of the 2012 Super GT Season. Mounted with a racing hybrid, it achieved great results such as winning the pole position on its second race debut. There were two entries in 2013—the #55 ARTA CR-Z GT and the #16 Team Mugen, with the #16 winning the season’s championship title. It became the indispensable machine in GT300 as it had achieved the pole position six times and won championship four times.

As of now, there is no announcement regarding the successor vehicle. The final round of the race is already finished, and its gallant racing figure was not seen in the race; nevertheless, it will be present at the “Honda Racing Thanksgiving Day” which will take place at the Twin Ring Motegi on December 6.

On the other hand, the Apr, which has been competing in the GT300 class with Toyota Prius GT, announced the termination of PRIUS GT ZVW30’s entry at the end of the season on November 18. It emerged victorious at the opening race of the 2015 season, steadily piled up points, accomplished a pole-to-checkers victory in the final round, and placed second in the annual ranking.

The Prius GT had competed since the opening of the 2012 Super GT Season. The same year witnessed the hybrid’s first year with the CR-Z GT, which participated in the race halfway. The difference of the Prius GT from the CR-Z GT is it is mounted with a hybrid system for commercial vehicles. In the second round of the 2013 season at Fuji, it became the first hybrid to finish first place. In total, it nabbed four pole positions and three victories, making it indispensable to the GT300 Class.

There are also no announcements about a successor vehicle for PRIUS GT yet. Since the termination of its entry in the Super GT has been announced at the final round at Motegi, there could be a lot of fans who didn’t watch out attentively for it during this season. Its gallant figure will be seen at the 2015 Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival to be held at Fuji Speedway on November 22.

(Translated by Kimberlee Estampa)