Auto shows are hosted every year to showcase various products from automakers and aftermarket specialists alike. These events are the best outlets to market creations ranging from concept cars, to production models, and even to upgraded version of previous models. One particular event is the SEMA Show, an aftermarket trade show that has been annually held in Las Vegas.
For those who do not know, SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association which consists of more than 6,000 companies worldwide including aftermarket specialists, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.
An annual SEMA Show is held during the first week of November, in line with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. This is where automotive aftermarket trade groups display their newest creations along with educational seminars, networking opportunities and product demonstrations.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the SEMA Show and Honda’s luxury vehicle marque, Acura, is surely getting a lot of exposure with the Acura NSX GT3.
Acura will be celebrating its North American racing debut next year and as part of its preparation for that milestone, the Japanese automaker showcased the Acura NSX GT3. And instead of strutting its stuff on the red carpet, the NSX GT3 sits majestically on a customized trailer and towed by the 2017 MDX. That’s hitting two birds with one stone.
This NSX GT3 comes with a custom body work and aerodynamic components consisting of larger hood vents (perfect for engine cooling), an underbody diffuser and a large rear wing. It features the same design and architecture as that of the standard street-legal variant. It comes with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as the standard variant. Instead of a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and hybrid all-wheel drive system, the NSX GT3 will feature a six-speed sequential transmission and rear-wheel drive. Overall, this race car screams of its competitive legacy in the art of racing.
Acura Design and the Jimmy Shine Workshop teamed up to work on the custom trailer, giving emphasis on the perimeter chassis which was inspired by the racer’s roll cage as well as two hydraulic pumps that are useful in lifting and lowering the bed. The whole trailer is powder coated in Pearl White and fitted with 20-inch wheels for final touch. Overall, it blends perfectly with the 2017 Acura MDX.
The SUV also gets special treatment wearing the same racing livery in staid white with silver graphics as that of the NSX GT3, tinted windows, black-out suspension components, orange brake calipers, and some extra touches that are intended to catch some attention at the 2016 SEMA Show. It sits on a lowered suspension and is also fitted with 20-inch wheels. Moreover, the 2017 MDX is also fitted with a carbon fiber front splitter to match with the race car.
Other than to showcase the NSX GT3, Acura will also take advantage of the SEMA Show to announce its driver lineups for the two main sports-car racing venues in North America, that is, 2017 Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Acura will continue its partnership with Real Time Racing for the Pirelli series while it teams up with Michael Shank Racing for IMSA.
Furthermore, Acura will also launch its new TLX GT package at the same event. The package includes sportier styling elements featuring front and rear spoilers, side sill accessories and a special set of 19-inch wheels. However, no performance modifications are included. The said package is inspired by Acura’s TLX GT race cars (which will soon be replaced by the NSX GT3 at the Pirelli World Challenge).