#55 ARTA CR-Z GT (2015)

Super GT: Honda ends the CR-Z’s participation in the GT300 class this season

On November 11, 2015, Honda announced the end of this season’s race for the CR-Z GT in the GT300 class at the 2015 Super GT.

They began using the CR-Z GT hybrid racer for the GT300 Class in the 2012 season. In the following year, Shinichi Takagi and Takashi Kobayashi achieved their first victory in Round 3 at Sepang International Circuit with the ARTA CR-Z GT, while Hideki Mutoh and Yuhki Nakayama also pushed through with Team Mugen (using the Mugen CR-Z GT) and achieved the Drivers and Team awards. They achieved a total of four wins in the Super GT series. Takagi and Kobayashi achieved the overall victory in Round 4 at Fuji Speedway using the #55 ARTA CR-Z for this season.

The CR-Z GT also serves as the pioneer authentic hybrid racer in Japan’s top racing events through the implementation of know-how acquired in the NSX Concept-GT, which has been participating in the GT500 class since 2014. However, after making it to the finals of this season’s touring (on November 15), it will already have its voluntary retirement after this season.

Furthermore, Honda also announced that they will be conducting a final ceremony for the CR-Z GT at the Honda Racing Thanks Day on December 6, 2015.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)