2017 Acura MDX tows new Acura NSX GT3 at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2016

Cars being displayed at different auto shows are usually displayed on the floor just by themselves. However, since the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show or 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the unusual, we can expect some carmakers or tuners to make use of bizarre methods display their show cars. And that is just what Acura is doing at the 2016 SEMA Show for its highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3.

Instead of sitting by itself ever lonely, Acura NSX GT3 sits on a custom trailer seemingly towed by a 2017 Acura MDX. Both are customized works and so is the trailer. Initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team, the NSX GT3 has been developed to prove that the NSX – while serving as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance – could perform basically as well as in GT3 racing.

The new Acura NSX GT3 and the NSX actually have a number of similarities, although the race car has been made distinct enough to enable it to compete in the GT3 class. For instance, both have the same overall design with similar fascias. Both have the same headlights as well as the same precision crafted front grille.

However, the new Acura NSX GT3 features a new hood with larger vent as well as a fascia with a taller air dam. Below the air dam is a large front spoiler extending inches away from the fascia that helps provide downforce on the front axle while adding depth to the overall design of the fascia. A large Acura emblem is found on the nose of the NSX GT3.

At the rear, both the NSX GT3 and the NSX feature a similar rear fascia, although the racing model comes with smaller corner vents. However, the rear end of the Acura features a functional rear diffuser and large deck wing that provide a lot of downforce on the rear axle.

The new Acura NSX GT3 comes with an aluminum-intensive space frame wrapped in an ultra-rigid and lightweight body. The body of the new Acura NSX GT3 is finished in white with some black accents around the grille, around the rear air intakes and the hood vent. In addition, an orange stripe defines the front spoiler and center hub of each wheel. The “GT” of the “NSX GT3” lettering is also painted in orange. A splashed gray color can be found on the on the fenders and doors.

Serving as the core of the new Acura NSX GT3 is a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine using the same specs as the engine in the 2017 Acura NSX. This engine sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox. The new Acura NSX GT3 and its engine will be built by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, which also produces the new 2017 Acura NSX.

On the other hand, the 2017 Acura MDX features an exterior theme similar to that of the Acura NSX GT3. It still features the white paint scheme with black accents, orange stripes on its massive front spoiler and wheel hub. It also features a lowered suspension, black-out suspension components, tinted windows, as well as a fin-like protrusion on the roof.

Meanwhile, the custom trailer is similarly styled as the Acura NSX GT3 – overall white finish, black accents and orange stripes. Just like the Acura NSX GT3, the custom trailer also features a massive wing on the rear. This custom trailer -- created in collaboration between Acura Design and the Jimmy Shine Workshop – dons a perimeter chassis as inspired by the roll cage of the Acura NSX GT3 as well as two hydraulic pumps that could raise and lower the bed.

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