Acura tests new NSX GT3 racer

For now, the Acura NSX GT3 does not have a future in Super GT, but as the possibility looms that Honda could return to GT300 with their luxury brand’s upcoming FIA GT3 racing machine, this is a car that many Super GT fans are keeping tabs on as its 2017 debut approaches.Acura released new photos of the NSX GT3, in bare carbon fibre livery, being put through its paces at the GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan in both wet and dry conditions.

The NSX GT3, which has been primarily constructed and developed at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Maryville, Ohio, USA, features the same 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine as its road-going counterpart, only without the hybrid powertrain, Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, or the nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox that comes as part of the laundry list of luxuries in the production NSX.

It is testing in preparation for its North American debut in 2017, where the NSX GT3 will likely compete in series like the Pirelli World Challenge, or even the IMSA SportsCar Championship in GT Daytona.

Acura NSX GT3 Racecar
Acura NSX GT3 Racecar

Since the announcement of the NSX GT3 in March, there have been a number of Super GT fans who feel that the new car will bring Honda back into the fold in the GT300 class, after the retirement of the Honda CR-Z GT this off-season.

Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) have had ties to Honda going back to 2000, and were the last team to run the CR-Z in GT300. That said, their acquisition of the BMW M6 GT3 for this season has been a master stroke – especially after their podium finish at the Fuji 500km, the M6 looks like it is a capable, race-winning car.

ARTA’s decision, between remaining with BMW or returning to Honda in GT300, will likely be the ultimate deciding factor as to whether or not Honda brings the NSX GT3 to Super GT.

That decision will be decided as to whether or not ARTA feels that the NSX can compete with the likes of the M6, the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the new-gen Audi R8 LMS, and the rest of the FIA GT3 sub-category in GT300 – trepidation may exist given the struggle that Lexus have had with the RC-F GT3 since its 2015 debut.

For now, the NSX GT3 is not in the cards for Super GT, but as the off-season approaches, we’ll likely know more about the possibility of seeing it in GT300 for 2017.

 

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