New NSX GT3 revealed - Could Honda be hinting at a new NSX-R?
Honda's show stand at this years Frankfurt Motor Show was packed full of dribble-worthy new cars including the new Honda Civic Type R Customer Racing Car and this new NSX GT3. This new carbonistic GT3 racing car hints at another incarnation of the original NSX-R.
The NSX GT3 Racecar was always part of the plan. When the second-generation NSX was approved for development, its engineers put pen to paper with racing in mind. The production car and its GT3 sibling were created in tandem with a shared vision: a sophisticated supercar with bare-knuckles racing
Development began in Japan and Europe, where the first NSX GT3 was built and prepped for testing on their legendary race circuits. From there, it moved to Santa Clarita, California – headquarters of our North American race engineering group – for further development and final testing.
Upon homologation (FIA certification that all required racing modifications have been met), the NSX will chase the North American GT3 title with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 NSX engine, modified to meet current FIA requirements.
The low, wide profile is unmistakable. The NSX GT3 is optimized for high-speed aerodynamics – its larger front cooling intakes, underbody diffuser and large rear wing are the most obvious adjustments – but the NSX family resemblance is clear. And beneath the skin, the GT3 shares the same clean-sheet design, multi-material space frame that gives ultimate rigidity to the production car.
After leading its class at 24 Hours of Daytona and winning the Grand Prix of Detroit and the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, NSX GT3 is now available to customers and race teams. Homologated to compete in over two dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series globally, the production-based 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 racing engine is mated with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox. The chassis, including the multi-material body structure and TIG-welded chrome-molly roll cage, is built alongside the production NSX at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.