Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jackson Racing supercharged CR-Z - TOV early impressions

News of the Jackson Racing CR-Z is now hot news in the Honda scene. TOV engine expert Shawn Church currently has a unit for testing. We hope to be publishing his impressions on the car in a few days time after he has finished testing it. 

According to Shawn, the Jackson racing kit uses a Rotrex supercharger. Other than the Jackson kit and a Hondata reflash however, everything else on the car he has is stock. In the U.S., the car is also CARB legal which is a very important factor. Very early driving impressions suggests that Jackson's claim that the fuel economy of the car wasn't affected by the modification is quite accurate because he got 37.5 mpg (US) which is around 15.9 km/l during an initial drive comprising 20 miles (32km) of stop and go and 100 miles (160km) at an average of 73 mph through mildly hilly terrain, with A/C on the whole time. 

The kit will be available either as standalone (buyer to source for engine management) or kit with a Hondata reflash or kit with a full Hondata Flashpro engine management system. The favoured and recommended engine management is Hondata. Shawn estimates around 8 hours for a full install without tuning time. Note however that these info are specific to the U.S. only as Hondata doesn't yet support the ECU used in ASEAN CR-Z's.

Also, another well connected TOV'er who has already driven the car much earlier reported "It's FUN.... that early torque and it doesn't drop off until around 4700 rpm.... surprised a few at the stop light(the car didn't have stickers on it). But just getting very happy with the top end power and you have to shift".

More details to come soon.