Next year’s GT3 season will have a fierce new competitor. Acura is making their return to FIA sanctioned racing with a hardcore version of the new NSX for sale. The first generation car was fielded as a Honda NSX for the 1995 season, so this new entry is long overdue.
In order to comply with GT3 class regulations, the hybrid AWD system has been deleted, making the car rear wheel drive only. For power, the NSX will use a production twin turbo V6, but the transmission will be a six speed sequential instead of the production car’s nine speed. A production body and space frame will be sourced from the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.
Development is well underway, with final testing happening in Japan and Europe. Homologation to FIA specs is being handled by Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, CA.If you are old enough to remember the launch of the first NSX, it took a certain Brazilian named Ayrton Senna to prepare the car for the world stage. Even though he is no longer with us, let’s hope this new car lives up to his standards.
Honda and Acura have millions of dollars and many careers on the line with the NSX program, and we wish them well for the upcoming season. With a majority of the car being built in Ohio, it will be interesting to see if the NSX GT3 will debut carrying the Stars & Stripes, or the Rising Sun. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more news from the New York International Auto Show.
In the meantime, check out this video of the NSX below:[youtube id=”EMYPffSkIvA” align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” maxwidth=”750″]