Honda NSX GT3 on sale from 2018: GT300 debut in works?

Already a race-winning car in its debut year of 2017, the Honda (Acura) NSX GT3 will be sold to customer teams for the 2018 racing season, which will make the car available to compete in the United States, as well as in Europe, and in Asia – including the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series.

The mid-engined GT3 racer, built and developed by Honda Performance Development in North America, will be available at a starting price of €465,000 EUR (¥60,306,000 JPY) and will be sold by Mugen (M-TEC) to customers in Japan.

Powered by a similar 3.5 litre, twin turbocharged V6 engine to the one found in the road-going Honda NSX, the NSX GT3 has already won twice in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this season, and also competes in the Pirelli World Challenge.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress and success of the NSX GT3 in our inaugural season,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development (HPD).  “We look forward to seeing the car in Victory Circle at tracks around the world in 2018 and beyond.”

As for potential clients on the Super GT side, it is known that one team already competing in the GT500 class is interested in fielding the NSX GT3 next season in GT300.

Along with Team Mugen, who handle sales of the NSX GT3 in Japan and have won the GT300 championship previously in 2004 and 2013, the most likely candidate to run the NSX GT3 in GT300 next year would be Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA), who have been affiliated with Honda since 2000, and before purchasing their current BMW M6 GT3 in 2016, ran the Honda CR-Z GT from 2013 to 2015.

With Lexus (Toyota) and Nissan already established as race-winning marques in GT300 with their GT3 cars, the addition of Honda to the fold should only continue to energize the current golden age of GT3 racing seen globally.

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