The racer keeps the biturbo V6 but drops the hybrid parts.
The Acura NSX GT3 will be turning a lot of laps this summer so that it will be competition ready for the 2017 racing season. After debuting the track-prepped coupe at the New York Auto Show, the automaker is now letting us see the vehicle at work.
When competition in North America begins next year, expect the GT3 to wear sponsors’ decals all over its svelte body, but these shots give us a rare chance to see the raw carbon fiber underneath. The dark color makes the coupe look like a stealth fighter slicing a line through the wet circuit. The track-scraping front splitter, massive rear wing, and larger diffuser should stick the NSX to the road, too.
A larger hood vent helps keep the 3.5-liter biturbo V6 cool. This tuned version of the production engine powers the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox, and it lacks the hybrid assistance from the road-going NSX.
Acura intends to get final homologation for the NSX GT3 from the FIA organizing body this fall. Like the production version, the company will build the racing model at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. We’ll looking forward to seeing and hearing it on the track next year.
The latest NSX already scored a racing victory in the Time Attack 2 class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The highly modified Acura EV Concept, which used the coupe’s body, scored a second place finish in its division there, too.
Gallery: Acura NSX GT3
Acura NSX GT3 Racecar Prepares for Competition
Jul 7, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Acura motorsports is on a roll – fresh off a near production NSX winning its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 class, Acura has released the first official images of the NSX GT3 racecar as it prepares to campaign in North America in 2017. The twin-turbocharged Acura NSX GT3 was photographed with exposed, lightweight, carbon fiber bodywork at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, MI as part of its continued development at circuits throughout the U.S. The vehicle is slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall.
"Building on the very solid foundation of the production NSX, we're making steady progress in our development and looking forward to campaigning the GT3 racecar next year," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development.
The Acura NSX GT3 racecar 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 racecar is 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 is paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels.
The Acura NSX GT3 is produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the exclusive manufacturing home for the new Acura NSX. Its twin turbocharged V-6 engine is also assembled in Ohio1. Initial development of the NSX GT3 racecar was conducted by the company's Japan race engineering arm with testing on race circuits in Europe and Japan. Additional development, testing and final homologation to FIA GT3 global racing specifications is currently being undertaken by the company's North American race engineering group, Honda Performance Development (HPD), in Santa Clarita, California.
The Acura NSX GT3 racecar will advance the 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 LeMans 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. On Sunday, June 26, Acura's Ryan Eversley completed a sweep of the doubleheader race weekend at Road America in the TLX GT.
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Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
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