Honda CR-V Race Car first drive: Wonderfully relaxing

Honda’s CR-V is a softroader staple. It’s big, spacious, reliable, economical, and comes with enough creature comforts to make daily life easy as pie. One thing it was never intended to be was a racing car. Which makes Mission Motorsport’s latest racer all the more strange.

Mission Motorsport is a charity that helps members of the armed forces who have had to leave due to injury, be it physical or psychological. It does so using fast cars, both driving them and fixing them. For more on Mission Motorsport head to its website.

The CR-V racer came to be after Lionel O’Connor, a Mission Motorsport beneficiary, was instrumental in helping the development of the new Civic’s CVT gearbox. O’Connor is a left leg amputee and can’t use a manual gearbox on the regular, only automatics. His input on how a CVT should feel was invaluable. As thanks for his work, Honda helped the Mission Motorsport team out with a CR-V for its annual Race of Remembrance at Anglesey circuit. We were lucky enough to get a drive…

Race of Remembrance 2017, Anglesey Circuit

First Impressions

A CR-V doesn’t lend itself to being a racing car. It’s tall, oddly shaped, and is, well, an SUV. It’s designed to have many seats, many creature comforts, and many stains on its seats thanks to the many children it’ll have parading through its cabin.

The MM CR-V Superleggera has one seat up front, a massive roll cage in the back and a ‘baby on board’ sticker in the rear, but that’s about it.

Also changed from the road car is the infotainment system. In the name of li...