The rear-wheel-drive NSX has already claimed two victories in its first racing season.

€465,000. That’s how much money you will need to get behind the wheel of the track-only Acura NSX. No more a U.S.-only affair, the race car will also be sold in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East through JAS Motorsport while in Japan it’s going to be available via Mugen. It will be eligible to take part in a wide array of competitions, including – but not limited to – the Pirelli World Challenge, Blancpain GT Series Europe & Asia, and the Australian GT Championship. For the full list, check out the press release below.

Honda Performance Development is already taking orders in North America for the NSX GT3 and it’s also providing full customer support, which includes everything from parts and service to training and engineering services. Needless to say, the other companies responsible for selling the race car around the world will offer the same level of support.

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Although it’s largely based on the road-going NSX, the GT3-spec racer boasts some substantial differences. For example, it eschews the all-wheel-drive layout for a RWD setup and it also comes without the hybrid boost. In addition, the regular NSX is fitted with a nine-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission whereas its racing companion uses a six-speed sequential gearbox.

With this being a race car, it obviously means it can do without many of the amenities the street-legal version has received. Factor in the loss of the AWD system and hybrid assistance, it’s no wonder the GT3 model is a lot lighter. Indeed, at 1,240 kilograms (2,733 pounds), it’s a whopping 485 kg (1,069 lbs) lighter. To put that weight difference into perspective, that’s just about how much a Caterham Seven 160 weighs.

The race-spec biturbo 3.5-liter V6 engine is built at the same Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio where the engine powering the standard NSX is assembled. Not only that, but the two actually share many of the components. It’s the same story with the chassis as both versions of the NSX get it from the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio where there’s also a repair facility tailored to the race car.

Global deliveries of the newest Acura track machine will commence in the following months prior to the 2018 racing season.

Source: Acura

Acura NSX GT3 Racer Goes On Sale Globally

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Race-winning Acura NSX GT3 Offered for Sale Globally

  • NSX GT3 has completed more than 50,000-miles of on-track development and achieved two race victories in its inaugural season
  • Sales led by Honda Performance Development in North America, JAS Motorsport in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and MUGEN in Japan
  • NSX GT3 chassis and engine built in Ohio alongside the production NSX, with GT3 final assembly at JAS Motorsport in Italy

The race-winning Acura NSX GT3 race car will be offered for sale around the world ahead of the 2018 racing season, it was announced today by Acura, Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D.  The exposed carbon, race-ready NSX GT3 is offered for sale at a starting price of €465,0001.     

With more than 50,000-miles of on-track development and already a multi-race winner in its inaugural season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the NSX GT3 is eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world, including:

  • The Pirelli World Challenge and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series in North America
  • The Blancpain GT Series and 24 Hours Nurburgring in Europe
  • The Blancpain GT Series Asia and GT Asia Series
  • The Super GT GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • The Intercontinental GT Challenge

Additional options and complete customer support, including parts and service, training and engineering services are available.  Orders for the NSX GT3 are being taken now by HPD, responsible for sales in North America, at AcuraClientRacing.com.  JAS Motorsport is responsible for NSX GT3 sales in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, excluding Japan.  MUGEN2 is responsible for sales in Japan.  

The NSX GT3 chassis, including the multi-material body structure and TIG-welded chrome-moly roll cage, is built alongside the production NSX at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, exclusive worldwide manufacturing facility for the NSX3.  The PMC also operates a repair facility for the NSX GT3. 

The production-based 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engines are built alongside their production-vehicle counterparts at the Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio4.  The racing engine uses the same design specifications as the production NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system.  A six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox delivers power to the NSX GT3's rear wheels.  Final assembly is completed at JAS Motorsport in Italy.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress and success of the NSX GT3 in our inaugural season," said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD.  "Winning at Detroit and Watkins Glen, two very different circuits, in this highly competitive class illustrates the breadth of capabilities of the NSX GT3.  We look forward to seeing the car in Victory Circle at tracks around the world in 2018 and beyond."

Competing in the GTD class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the GT category of the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017, the NSX GT3 races against premium automotive brands including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche at a wide variety of North American racing circuits, ranging from the tight confines of street courses such as Long Beach and Detroit to traditional road courses like Road America, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the wide-open Daytona International Speedway.

"We've intended to compete at the highest level since the NSX was just a sketch on a pad,"said Jon Ikeda, Acura Vice President and General Manager.  "To see the NSX GT3 winning races and now available for racers and track enthusiasts to enjoy around the world is a major milestone for the second generation NSX, the Acura brand and the global development team that made it possible."

The Acura NSX GT3 adds to a rich legacy of Acura sports car racing championships, including the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships, and the 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. 

Technical Specifications


Engine

Type

Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6/75°

Layout

Longitudinal/mid-mounted

Bore x stroke

91 x 90 mm

Capacity

3501 cc

Power/torque

Per FIA/Series Regulations (BOP)

Construction

Light alloy block and head

Pistons

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain

24 valve, IN/EX VTC, chain driven camshaft

Fuel injection

Direct and port injection

Lubrication

Dry sump system

Throttle control

Drive-by-Wire throttle system

Wastegate control

Electrical

Turbocharger

2 Off – Mono Scroll

Exhaust

Twin Pipe with CAT converter

Dimensions

Wheelbase

2630 mm

Overall length

4612 mm

Overall width

2040 mm

Front track

1715 mm

Rear track

1687 mm

Weight

1240 Kg

Chassis

Aluminum alloys extruded profiles / cast nodes

Roof structure in steel

TIG welded roll cage in 25CrMo -  bolted to chassis

Transmission

Gearbox

XTRAC semi-automatic 6-speed sequential

Clutch

ZF/SACHS high performance sintered or carbon clutch (endurance option)

Clutch operation

Electrically assisted

Driveline

PANKL double tripod system

Brakes

Brakes

BREMBO disks 390x34 Front / 355x32 Rear
BREMBO calipers 6 pistons Front /4 pistons Rear

ABS

BOSCH M4

Suspension

Suspension

Front: Double wishbone  
Rear: Multilink

Shock absorbers

SACHS 5-way adjustable dampers

Sway bar

FR/RR with adjustable blade

Wheels

Fr 12”x18” forged aluminum

Rr 13”x18” forged aluminum