2017 Acura MDX arrives as with custom NSX GT3 Trailer at the 2016 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 4, 2016

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).

Press Release

Acura Showcases Performance & Racing Spirit at SEMA

Acura's Precision Crafted Performance and motorsports resurgence will dominate its display at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4. The Acura NSX GT3 race car, which will make its North American racing debut in 2017, will be featured on an NSX-inspired, custom-fabricated trailer, towed by 2017 Acura MDX wrapped in a matching racing livery. Building on the performance theme, Acura's GT3 racing partners, Real Time Racing and Michael Shank Racing, will announce driver lineups for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge and 2017 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship on Nov. 1. A 2017 Acura NSX supercar featuring factory-installed features and options as well as a 2017 TLX sedan with the new GT Package will complete the exhibit space.

"SEMA is an opportunity to have some fun with customization concepts, and our approach this year is to showcase Acura's performance direction by literally connecting our GT3 racing program to our production models," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura.

Custom NSX GT3 Trailer
The custom NSX GT3 trailer is a joint collaboration between Acura Design, led by Dave Marek, Acura's Executive Creative Director, and the Jimmy Shine Workshop. The trailer incorporates design elements of both Acura vehicles, including a perimeter chassis inspired by the NSX GT3's roll cage and 20-inch accessory wheels adopted from the 2017 MDX, as well as running boards and a rear spoiler evocative of the redesigned MDX.

The fully functional trailer features two hydraulic pumps powered by a 12-volt battery system that lift and lower the bed. The trailer is 112 inches wide and just over 23 feet in length and is powder coated in Pearl White to match the MDX and the NSX GT3.

"We spent hours in CAD design creating a rolling, themed stage for the NSX GT3 race car," said Shine. "This is a 'next-generation' trailer that is completely custom to the NSX GT3 as well as the MDX."

2017 Acura MDX
The 2017 Acura MDX towing the NSX GT3 is wrapped in a matching racing livery and underwent further modifications including:

Lowering the front and rear by one and three quarter inches
Adding black-out suspension components
Orange accented brake calipers to match the NSX GT3
Acura Genuine accessory 20-inch black rims and tires
Tinted windows
Installing a tow package with bumper, electrical and transmission cooling package
Fabricating an NSX-themed forward lower valance "splitter" in a carbon fiber wrap with orange detail on the perimeter
"We wanted to bring out the performance cues in the MDX to not only complement the race car and trailer, but to showcase a completely custom Acura race experience," said Marek. "SEMA is a great forum to push design and creative boundaries and this display evokes Acura's performance direction."

The 2017 Acura MDX raises its game with bold new exterior styling, larger wheel and tire options and an expanded complement of premium features and technologies, including standard AcuraWatch™, which makes MDX the first luxury SUV to offer a comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies standard equipment (www.acura.com/mdx/features - AcuraWatch).

The new MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, reflects the new Acura design direction including the adoption of Acura's bold and distinctive new diamond pentagon grille. It also features a more sculpted hood, front fascia, front fenders and revised Jewel Eye™ headlights. The result is a more "executive athletic" appearance for Acura's class-leading luxury SUV. Additional styling updates include new chrome rocker panel trim, a revised rear bumper and skid garnish and the return of visible dual exhausts with bright finishers.

Acura NSX GT3
The Acura NSX GT3 race car features custom bodywork and aero components including a rear wing, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents for efficient engine cooling. The NSX GT3 is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 engine using the same design specifications as the engine in the production 2017 Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, 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 utilizes the production NSX's ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, which is produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the exclusive manufacturing home for the new Acura NSX. Its twin-turbocharged V6 engine will also be manufactured in Ohio. Acura products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

The Acura NSX GT3 race car will add to 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 Le Mans Series manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura recently completed its final campaign of a pair of Acura TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge.

Acura TLX GT Package
Commemorating Acura's racing heritage, the TLX luxury sports sedan can now be customized to deliver an even more aggressive and sporty appearance with the new TLX GT Package, available on TLX models at Acura dealers nationwide.
Reflecting Acura's rich legacy in sports car racing, including its just completed campaign of the TLX GT race car in the Pirelli World Challenge, the TLX GT Package includes a rear decklid spoiler, front spoiler, side sill garnishes and rear underbody spoiler, along with an optional 19-inch Diamond Cut wheel and tire kit.

The spacious five-passenger TLX delivers a blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement. TLX models deliver the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

For More Information
Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

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