Honda’s recent form in motorsports is best described as disappointing. The NSXs in Super GT have been consistently outperformed by the Lexus LC500, and let’s not even get talking about Honda and their F1 exploits.
It’s not all gloom and doom though, because Honda just introduced the NSX GT3 race car. It’s built by their American team Honda Performance Development (HPD), and adheres to FIA’s GT3 specifications. The lighter and more rigid body structure aside, the hybrid system from the standard NSX is removed. Thus, power comes solely from the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6, producing an estimated 500-600 hp.
The engine’s block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system are shared with the production-spec NSX. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the XTRAC semi-automatic six-speed sequential transmission. The NSX GT3 tips the scale at 1,240 kg, which is 11 kg lighter than the 10th-generation Honda Civic 1.8-S!
So far, the NSX GT3 (which has racked up over 90,000km of race time) which competed under the Acura banner, has won two races in a few endurance races in America. The car is eligible to compete in the Blancpain GT Series, Super GT (under the GT300 category) and regional GT championships.
Interested parties can purchase the NSX GT3 for €465,000 (approximately RM2.32 million).