Acura Unveils NSX GT3 Racecar

The new NSX will undergo homologation this fall as an FIA GT3 class racecar.

By Aaron Gaghagen
Pictures courtesy of Honda of America

Not to be outdone by Honda’s debut of its Global Rallycross Championship Civic, Acura unveiled its own race car today at the New York International Auto Show in the form of the all-new NSX GT3. Acura says it plans on campaigning g the twin-turbocharged supercar throughout North America starting in 2017.

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The NSX GT3 is based on the production NSX's ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with its aluminum-intensive space frame that's produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. Its twin-turbocharged V6 engine will also be manufactured in Ohio.

The Acura NSX GT3 race car features bodywork and aero components including a large deck-wing spoiler, underbody diffuser to reduce drag and increase downforce, and larger hood venting for more efficient cooling of  the 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V6 engine. An engine that will be using the same design specifications as the one in the production version of the 2017 Acura NSX, which includes the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump oiling system. Instead of an AWD layout with electric motors and a nine-speed DCT, though, the race car engine will be paired with a six-speed, sequential-shifting racing gearbox delivering power to the rear wheels only.

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The interior of the NSX GT3 race car is all business wth its FIA-spec roll cage and carbon-fiber bits EVERYWHERE.

“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 race car to fruition.”

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Initial development of the NSX GT3 was conducted by the company's Japanese race engineering arm with testing on 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, HPD (Honda Performance Development), in Santa Clarita, California.

This isn’t the first time Acura has set its sights on racing against the best. Back when the original NSX was released Acura teamed up with Comptech Racing in the IMSA GTP Lights series. The Comptech Racing Acura-Spice GTP Lights race car featured a modified NSX engine and dominated the series with 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships.

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The NSX-powered Comptech Racing Acura-Spice GTP Lights race car captured back-to-back-to-back IMSA championships from 1991-1993.

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Aaron Gaghagen
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Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.