Wanna go racing in a Japanese rocket ship? Now’s your chance

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse AcuraClientRacing.com, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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Although it was introduced as recently as 2016, the second-generation NSX is already looking to be quite the on-track monster, in particular this new GT3 edition. Acura says it boasts 50,000 miles of on-track development, as well as wins at Watkins Glen and Detroit in its inaugural season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. What’s more, it’s surprisingly similar to the road car in terms of technical details.

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Speaking of the specs, the racing NSX once again benefits from oodles of carbon fiber in its construction. The GT3 chassis, including the body and TIG-welded chrome-moly roll cage, is produced in the same Ohio-based manufacturing plant as the production car. It should also be noted that the facility also runs a repair and service center for the GT3.

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The racing NSX once again benefits from oodles of carbon fiber in its construction. The engine is based on the road car’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, and uses many of the same components as the street car.

The GT3’s engine is based on the roadcar’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, which is also produced in Ohio alongside the production car’s powerplant. The racing engine uses many of the same components as the street car, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons, and dry-sump lubrication. The drivetrain, however, differs, utilizing a six-speed sequential gearbox routing power exclusively to the rear, as opposed to the nine-speed automatic and AWD system of the street car. The hybrid system is also ditched, all in the name of meeting regulations on as broad a scale as possible.

As such, the GT3 is eligible for a variety of racing series, including the Pirelli World Challenge and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America, the Blancpain GT Series and 24 Hours Nurburgring in Europe, the Blancpain GT Series Asia and GT Asia Series, the Super GT GT300 class in Japan, the Australian GT Championship, and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

2016 Acura NSX Specs

Power Unit
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT
Maximum Total System Power 573 HP
Approx. Top Speed 191 MPH
ENGINE
Type Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6
Layout Longitudinally mid-mounted
Displacement 3493 cc
Horsepower - SAE Net 500 HP @ 6500-7500 RPM
Torque 406 LB-FT @ 2000-6000 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed 7500 rpm
Power Output Per Liter 143 hp/liter
Bore and Stroke 3.6 in. x 3.5 in.
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Valve Train 24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts
Intake Valve Construction Forged steel
Exhaust Valve Construction Forged steel , sodium-filled
Valve Angle 30 degrees (include angle)
Cylinder Block and Head Material Aluminum alloy
Cylinder Bore Lining Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray
Cylinder Bank Angle 75 degrees
Crankshaft Construction Forged steel
Piston Construction Cast aluminum with integrated cooling channel
Connecting Rod Construction Forged steel, dowel pin
Fuel Injection Direct and port
Throttle Control Drive-by-Wire throttle system
Fuel Requirement Premium unleaded
Lubrication Dry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump
Oil Type Synthetic 0W-40
Cooling system Liquid and oil cooling
Exhaust System Layout Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank
TWIN TURBOCHARGERS
Turbocharger Type Single vane
Maximum Boost Pressure 105 kPa (1.05 bar)
Turbine Construction Inconel
Wastegate Control Electrical
Recirculation Valves Air bypass type
Intercooler Dimensions Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm
REAR DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR
Type Water-cooled motor/generator
Layout Direct drive situated between engine & transmission; Crankshaft output shaft-attached permanent magnet rotor & in-engine body- copper windings
Horsepower 47 HP @ 3000 RPM
Torque 109 LB-FT @ 500-2000 RPM

“We’ve intended to compete at the highest level since the NSX was just a sketch on a pad. To see the NSX GT3 winning races and now available for racers and track enthusiasts to enjoy around the world is a major milestone for the second generation NSX, the Acura brand and the global development team that made it possible,” says Acura’s VP and General Manager Jon Ikeda.

What do you think? Does the NSX GT3 tickle your fancy, or would you rather go with something from Porsche, or Audi, or Ferrari, or McLaren, or Lamborghini? Let us know in the comments.

Further Reading

2016 Acura NSX Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Acura NSX

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX GT3

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Press release

The race-winning Acura NSX GT3 race car will be offered for sale around the world ahead of the 2018 racing season, it was announced today by Acura, Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D. The exposed carbon, race-ready NSX GT3 is offered for sale at a starting price of €465,0001.

With more than 50,000-miles of on-track development and already a multi-race winner in its inaugural season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the NSX GT3 is eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world, including:

The Pirelli World Challenge and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series in North America
The Blancpain GT Series and 24 Hours Nurburgring in Europe
The Blancpain GT Series Asia and GT Asia Series
The Super GT GT300 class in Japan
The Australian GT Championship
The Intercontinental GT Challenge

Additional options and complete customer support, including parts and service, training and engineering services are available. Orders for the NSX GT3 are being taken now by HPD, responsible for sales in North America, at AcuraClientRacing.com. JAS Motorsport is responsible for NSX GT3 sales in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, excluding Japan. MUGEN2 is responsible for sales in Japan.

The NSX GT3 chassis, including the multi-material body structure and TIG-welded chrome-moly roll cage, is built alongside the production NSX at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, exclusive worldwide manufacturing facility for the NSX3. The PMC also operates a repair facility for the NSX GT3.

The production-based 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engines are built alongside their production-vehicle counterparts at the Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio4. The racing engine uses the same design specifications as the production NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. A six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox delivers power to the NSX GT3’s rear wheels. Final assembly is completed at JAS Motorsport in Italy.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress and success of the NSX GT3 in our inaugural season," said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD. "Winning at Detroit and Watkins Glen, two very different circuits, in this highly competitive class illustrates the breadth of capabilities of the NSX GT3. We look forward to seeing the car in Victory Circle at tracks around the world in 2018 and beyond."

Competing in the GTD class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the GT category of the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017, the NSX GT3 races against premium automotive brands including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche at a wide variety of North American racing circuits, ranging from the tight confines of street courses such as Long Beach and Detroit to traditional road courses like Road America, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the wide-open Daytona International Speedway.

"We’ve intended to compete at the highest level since the NSX was just a sketch on a pad,"said Jon Ikeda, Acura Vice President and General Manager. "To see the NSX GT3 winning races and now available for racers and track enthusiasts to enjoy around the world is a major milestone for the second generation NSX, the Acura brand and the global development team that made it possible."

The Acura NSX GT3 adds to a rich legacy of Acura sports car racing 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.

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