Acura NSX GT3 Racecar Prepares to Put Up a Fight in 2017

When all is said and done, the GT3 class is more than just a pastime for rich kids under the illusion that they’re gentleman drivers. To be brutally honest, FIA GT3 racing is one of the most competitive (and entertaining) motorsports out there.
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Of course, Acura wants a piece of the action now that the second-generation NSX is wooing car journalists with its magnificence. Even Fernando Alonso has taken a liking to it, waxing lyrical about the hybrid supercar’s brake-by-wire system. But then again, the NSX looks much better in naked carbon fiber.

Christened Acura NSX GT3, the racecar variant of the 2017 Acura NSX is slated to be homologated for GT3 class racing this fall. This bit of news comes right after a near production NSX won its class at the Pikes Peak hillclimb.

"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, Honda Performance Development president. Well, Art, it sure looks like you have a winner on your hand.

Although the three electric motors and battery had to go along with the 9-speed transmission, the NSX GT3 racer retains the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with its banks angled at 75 degrees. Paired to a race-spec 6-speed sequential transmission, the NSX GT3's engine keeps the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons, and lubrication system of the road-going NSX.

Development is still ongoing in Europe, Japan, and the U.S., with production assigned to the men and women of the Honda Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. Yes, that also includes engine production and the process of cooking the carbon fiber in an autoclave. Other than its no-quarter approach to motorsport, what I like most about the NSX GT3 comes in the form of the aerodynamics. I mean, who could say no to that humongous rear wing?
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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