It appears that the Acura brand has had a major infusion of life recently, fueled by the all-new NSX supercar. To prove that Acura is all about precision performance, the NSX GT3 racecar made its official debut at the New York International Auto Show this week.
For those not familiar with racing outside of NASCAR, Formula One, and IndyCars, there are myriad race series all across the country that cover everything from Miatas to prototypes. Acura has been racing since 1990, and has many championship titles under its belt, including three consecutive years as IMSA/Camel Lights driver and manufacturer crowns. Acura also races in the Pirelli World Challenge, and has just introduced the GT3 to compete in the FIA GT3 Series starting with the 2017 season.
The GT3 engineering development started in Japan, and now will be finished in the States under the leadership of Acura’s race engineering group, Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, California. The GT3 will feature many of the same items from the stock NSX, such as the 75-degree twin-turbo V6 engine, and the same block, heads, valvetrain, crank and dry sump lubrication system. It also retains the production NSX’s multi-material body and aluminum-intensive spaceframe. Changes specific to the race car include motorsports electronics, custom body aero work like the large rear deck spoiler, hood vents and underbody diffuser for ground effects.
Production of the GT3 will take place in Anna, Ohio, at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center, the exclusive location for the manufacturing of the Acura NSX. Look for more details on the team, driver, and series as plans mature.