Acura presented no-frills NSX GT3 racecar at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 28, 2016

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.

Press Release

Acura Unveils NSX GT3 Racecar in New York

Acura took the wraps off a NSX GT3 racecar today at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, announcing its intention to campaign the twin-turbocharged NSX supercar in North America starting in 2017. The NSX is currently undergoing testing and slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall.

The unveiled Acura NSX GT3 racecar featured custom bodywork and aero components including a large deck wing spoiler, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents for efficient engine cooling. The NSX GT3 will be 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 will be paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels.

The NSX GT3 will utilize the production NSX's ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, which will be produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the exclusive manufacturing home for the new Acura NSX. Its twin turbocharged V-6 engine will also be manufactured in Ohio.

Initial development of the NSX GT3 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 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 racecar to fruition."

The Acura NSX GT3 car will join a 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.

The production 2017 Acura NSX launches this spring with serial production slated to begin in late April at the Performance Manufacturing Center. Customer order taking commenced on February 25, 2016, with the launch of the NSX online configurator at NSX.Acura.com.

About the Acura NSX

Created to bring a new sports experience to the supercar segment, the next-generation Acura NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as the first generation NSX did a quarter century ago, the 2017 NSX breaks the mold through a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ power unit, a multi-material body structure, advanced aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports performance driving on every level without sacrificing comfort. The 2017 Acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. with production exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio with domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance through advanced product design and innovative technologies like Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®). On March 27, 2016, Acura will celebrate 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 Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura will launch its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

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