• 2016 Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer

Luxury brand designs next-generation racing trailer concept

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the SEMA Show is the ultimate car show when it comes to modified vehicles and aftermarket parts and accessories, but it is also an opportunity to have some fun with various concepts. Acura is the latest firm to join this year’s event, but unlike other automakers that modified existing cars, it created a custom trailer for the NSX GT3 race car. The trailer is being towed by a matching, beefed-up MDX SUV, giving the NSX the perfect transportation vehicle for racing events across the United States.

A joint collaboration between Acura Design, led by Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, and the Jimmy Shine Workshop, the trailer incorporates styling elements from both the NSX GT3 it’s supposed to carry and the MDX that provides the necessary motivation. The trailer is fully functional and was designed using the latest building techniques. But, even though it is promoted as a next-generation trailer, there’s no official word as to whether it will go into production. Most likely it won’t as Acura isn’t planning to offer such transportation assemblies anytime soon, but outsourcing the project to another firm in order to provide optional trailers to NSX GT3 customers could be on the table in the future.

But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this unique MDX and trailer combo and possibly the most advanced transportation platform we’ll see at SEMA this year.

Continue reading to find out more about the Acura MDX custom trailer.


Comparison: Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer vs Standard Acura MDX

The most important part of the project is obviously the trailer, which comes in a rather standard two-axle layout, but sports a modern, sleek design. The first thing that catches the eye is the lower than usual ride height for a trailer, with the platform sitting only a few inches above the ground in the wheel area. The surface that carries the car is actually higher, but the two horizontal bars just behind the wheels give it a sporty ride height. The arches are also unusual for a trailer, wrapping around 75 percent of the tires, which is similar to the NSX race car. Needless to say, these features make the trailer rather unpractical on bumpy roads, but perfect on smooth surfaces, such as race track.

23 feet long and 112 inches wide, the trailer is powder-coated in Pearl White.

Just over 23 feet long and 112 inches wide, the trailer is powder-coated in Pearl White to match the Acura MDX up front and NSX GT3 it carries. It also features orange accents on its chassis and wheels, the latter also having a sporty rim design in gloss-black. Both the black and the orange match the highlights seen on the NSX GT3 and MDX. At the rear, it has two elements that mimic a racing wing. It probably doesn’t do anything as far as aerodynamics go, but it definitely helps with the racy look.

Moving over to the SUV, it’s far from standard. Although most of the body work is identical to the SUV you can buy in showrooms, the front bumper is devoid of daytime running lights and sports a big splitter with orange accents. The wheel design is similar to the trailer’s, being based on the race car for which this transporter combo was designed. Finally, the Pearl White paint is highlighted by light-gray geometric shapes placed in an apparently random layout on the front fenders and doors.


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Note: Standard Acura MDX interior shown here.

The only thing we can talk about here is the SUVs cabin. Unfortunately, Acura didn’t provide any details, so either changes aren’t noteworthy or the MDX is bone-stock on the inside. The latter is more likely, as the main highlight of this build is the trailer.


Although trailers don’t have engines, there is some sort of drivetrain we can talk about, as loading and unloading a vehicle requires working, movable parts. In this case, the trailer comes with hydraulic pumps powered by a 12-volt battery. The system lifts and lowers the bed, while also extending the platform to allow the vehicle to be driven on and off the trailer.

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The trailer uses hydraulic pumps powered by a 12-volt battery

Moving over to the drivetrain that actually motivates the platform, Acura had nothing to say about the unit powering the MDX. So it’s safe to assume we’re looking at a standard SUV engine-wise. Facelifted for 2017, the MDX kept the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet, but also received a hybrid drivetrain. Consisting of a 3.0-liter V-6, an electric motor, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission it generates 325 horsepower. Given that the NSX GT3 is also a hybrid, Acura probably went with gasoline-electric combo for the MDX too.


2016 Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer High Resolution Exterior
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Needless to say, Acura designed a neat-looking concept that not only can be used as a full-time trailer for the NSX GT3 car, but will also wow SEMA visitors with its unique approach. I actually think it would make a great production trailer for customer race cars, but Acura needs to do something with the ride height. The current setup probably works well on smooth road surfaces, highways, and pitlanes, but it’s not exactly suitable for less than even roads. But, even if it remains only a concept, this custom trailer is a great piece of work and a cool alternative to the otherwise utilitarian and dull-looking platform designs.

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Press Release</h3 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.
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"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.

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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."

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