Honda gets ready for 2017 season with furious-looking NSX-GT race car

Article by Christian A., on November 8, 2016

You will likely see two new models for the NSX going around the racing circuits this 2017. One of which is the Acura NSX-GT, which will be joining the Supercar GT Series in Japan. The other variant, which is the NSX GT3 will probably take part in the Pirelli World Challenge or the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. But there is something about the monstrous NSX-GT that will scare the hell out of any car in the series. Yes, including Nissan’s GT-R and Lexus’ latest LC500.

Honda’s NSX-GT is probably the most over-the-top version of the regular coupe’s design. While the NSX GT3 racecar looks insanely gorgeous, the NSX-GT we think, is “dressed to kill”. However, we know it’s too early to tell if it will win the race. Still, the Acura NSX-GT is destined to get most of the attention. Well, that’s because the larger than life front splitter, wide fenders, side sills and rear diffuser are just too hard to overlook.

This monster comes with a huge 2L turbo-charged 4 cylinder with direct injection capable of producing as much as 590hp. This will be mated with a paddle shifted constant mesh gearbox that keeps on revolving. Instead of the usual mid-mounted V6 biturbo hybrid, the NSX powerplant was redesigned to comply with the Super GT specifications.

The 2017 GT500 racing specifications is intended for Japan’s much-awaited sports car racing event. This series eliminates the street version’s conventional hybrid system. There is also less downforce as compared with the existing Super GT models. Sans the fuel, the NSX-GT is expected to weigh around 1,409kg including the driver.

Meanwhile, the NSX GT3 is more akin to the production version of the regular coupe model. This one comes with the usual 3.5L biturbo V6 engine along with the same dry sump lubrication, valve trains, head, piston, blocks and crankshaft. Sending power to the rear wheels is of course, the 6-speed sequential gearbox. Perhaps the only thing missing here is the hybrid assistance.

Honda has thought about putting the NSX in the Super GT series for quite a while. We can only be too happy that this latest NSX version has finally made it to next year’s racing event. The Lexus’ LC 500 GT500 and Nissan’s updated GT-3 will also be joining the Super GT Series. These three don’t just look astounding but are also ready to fight off the beasts. By all means, we couldn’t help but be extremely excited about how things would turn out in the actual race.

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