Acura Unwraps the NSX GT3 Racecar at 2016 NYIAS

With the intention of campaigning the twin-turbocharged NSX supercar in North America starting in 2017, Acura revealed its NSX GT3 racecar today at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, adding to the brand’s legacy of sports racing campaigns and championships. Currently, the supercar is being tested and lined up for “homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar” later this year.

Acura NSX GT3. Courtesy of The Driving Life.

Acura NSX GT3. Courtesy of The Driving Life.

Featuring custom bodywork and aerodynamic elements such as an underbody diffuser, large deck wing spoiler and larger hood vents for engine cooling, the NSX GT3 will be charged by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine that is also coupled with a 6-speed, sequential shift racing gearbox to deliver rear wheel power.

The engine’s design specs are borrowed from the production 2017 NSX, including the heads, crankshaft, block, heads, dry sump lubrication system and pistons. The NSX GT3 will also borrow the production NSX’s “ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame.” The body and engine will be produced and manufactured by the exclusive manufacturing home for the new Acura NSX – the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

Acura NSX GT3. Courtesy of The Driving Life.

Acura NSX GT3. Courtesy of The Driving Life.

Initially developed and tested by Acura’s Japan race engineer branch, the racecar was tested on circuits in Japan and Europe. Currently, Acura’s North American race engineering group, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is developing, testing and performing final homologation to FIA GT3 global specifications 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.”