Acura have taken the wraps off its NSX GT3 racecar announcing its intention to campaign the twin-turbocharged NSX starting in 2017. The NSX is currently undergoing testing and slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar in 2016. The first NSX GT3 prototype was tested by the European JAS Motorsport team.
The NSX GT3 has been designed to FIA GT3 regulations. This means we shouldn’t expect to see it competing at Le Mans against the new Ford GT (GTE Spec). However it will be in prime position to take on championships like the Pirelli World Challenge, Blancpain Endurance Series, and even the lower GT300 class of Japan’s own Super GT series.
The Acura NSX GT3 features custom bodywork and aero components including a large deck wing spoiler, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents for efficient engine cooling. The NSX GT3 will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine using the same design specifications as the engine in the production 2017 Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry sump lubrication system. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels.
The NSX GT3 will utilize the production NSX’s ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, which will be produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the manufacturing home for the new Acura NSX.
Development of the NSX GT3 was conducted by the race engineering arm of Honda with testing on race circuits in Europe and Japan. However additional development, testing and final homologation to FIA GT3 global racing specifications are being undertaken by the company’s North American race engineering group, Honda Performance Development (HPD), in Santa Clarita, California.
“The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX racecar to fruition.”
The Acura NSX GT3 car will join a rich legacy of Acura sports car racing campaigns and championships, including the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships, and the 2009 American Le Mans manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura currently campaigns a pair of TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge.