Acura introduced the NSX GT3 racecar at the 2016 New York International Auto Show where it grabbed attention for doing away with technical complexities and staying with the hard-hitting essentials. The company also revealed its plan to start a campaign in North America for a twin-turbocharged supercar by 2017.
At present, the NSX GT3 is undergoing testing and the company expects that by fall, it will be certified as an FIA GT3 class racecar. In addition to customized bodywork, aerodynamic components have been placed in the NSX GT3 such as the underbody diffuser and large deck wing spoiler.
The hood vents have even been enlarged in order to make engine cooling even more efficient. Powering this supercar is the twin turbocharged DOHC 75-degree 3.5-liter V-6 engine. While this engine is indeed powerful, the design specifications are the same as those featured on the production version of the 2017 Acura NSX.
These include the heads, block, pistons, crankshaft, valvetrain, and even the dry sump lubrication system. Ensuring that the power from the engine is transmitted to the rear wheels is the sequential-shift 6-speed racing gearbox. This V-6 engine will be manufactured at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center located in Ohio.
This is the same facility that will be exclusively producing the latest Acura NSX. It will also be tasked with making the lightweight and ultra-rigid multi-material body of the production NSX, utilizing an aluminum-intensive space frame. This body will also be used for the NSX GT3.
Development of the NSX GT3 was initially handled by Acura’s race engineering division in Japan. Testing however was done not just on race circuits located in Japan but also on those in Europe. The additional development and testing will be conducted by Santa Clarita, California-based Honda Performance Development (HPD), Acura’s race engineering group for North America.
HPD will be responsible as well for undertaking the certification to ensure that the NSX GT3 meets the specifications of FIA GT3 global racing. HPD President Art St. Cyr said that the NSX was designed to be the ultimate expression of the Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
The company, he continued, is excited to show that it has the ultimate performance capabilities when it comes to GT3 racing. The company will be working with both Japan and Ohio NSX engineering teams to make sure that its goal of having a new world-class Acura NSX racecar is realized, St. Cyr added.
Acura has a long rich tradition of sports car racing campaigns and even championships. This includes the manufacturer and driver championships of IMSA Camel Lights for the years 1991, 1992, and 1993.
It also achieved driver and team championships for the LMP1 and LMP2 classes during the American LeMans back in 2009. At present, the company is running a campaign using two TLX GT cars that has Real Time Racing at the Pirelli World Challenge.
This is the legacy that the company hopes the Acura NSX GT3 will be part of. The production version of the 2017 Acura NSX starts in spring with the serial production expected to commence by late April at its Ohio Performance Manufacturing Center.
Order books opened on February 25, 2016, the same day the NSX online configurator was launched through NSX.Acura.com. With pioneering technologies, the company hopes that the next-generation Acura NSX will not only offer a new sports experience with regards to the supercar segment but also challenge any traditional beliefs on supercars.
While the first NSX was launched almost 25 years ago, the 2017 NSX breaks the pattern with the first ever Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive power unit. It also has the advanced aerodynamics and the multi-material body structure.
The cockpit meanwhile helps in performance driving without compromising comfort. Though some parts may have been sourced globally and domestically, the 2017 Acura NSX remains to be the only supercar that was designed, developed, and then manufactured in the U.S.
In fact, production of the 2017 Acura NSX is done exclusively at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center based in Marysville, Ohio.