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Acura NSX GT3 Revealed

Honda confirms Acura NSX GT3 for 2017 launch…

Photo: Acura

Photo: Acura

The long-awaited and highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3 is now official, with representatives from Honda Motor Company having formally announced plans to campaign the mid-engine sports car in GT3 championships in North America beginning next year.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.

Based on the new production model, the NSX GT3 will feature the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplant but not the hybrid drivetrain or all-wheel drive, both of which are not legal in GT3 competition.

It will be badged an Acura in the North American, Chinese and Russian markets, with the NSX falling under the Honda nameplate in the remainder of the world.

The car will take part in the FIA’s Balance of Performance tests at Ladoux in September, ahead of its expected on-track debut in 2017 in North America’s GT3 competition.

Initial development of the NSX GT3 was conducted by Acura’s Japan race engineering arm with testing on race circuits in Europe and Japan.

Peter Kox was one of the development drivers of the new NSX GT3. The former Reiter Engineering development driver tested the car at the Circuito Tazio Nuvolari in Northern Italy.

Further development, testing and final homologation to FIA GT3 specifications is currently being undertaken by Honda Performance Development in California.

“The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing,” said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD.

“We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX racecar to fruition.”

Further details, such as teams, have yet to be revealed, although it’s believed Acura could be putting factory programs together for both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.

Marcel ten Caat contributed to this report

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Andy

    March 23, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Oh my that’s a pretty race car! I can’t wait to see it run! PWC Would be a given I’d guess with Realtime. I wonder if it might surface in IMSA as well hope so

  2. Sean

    March 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Welcome to the party, Honda/Acura! Would be cool to see this car in IMSA first, but more than likely Realtime will run it first in the PWC.

    • guest

      March 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I believe it was reported on MWM that there would be a GTD factory team first. Not sure who though.

  3. Mike S.

    March 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Japanese/Asian car makers have been following the European car scene and copying them for about a decade now. I mean they are good at that and I am not bashing them as the market as a whole invites the European designs and styling. But looks similar to an Audi. Acura has had success in sportscars, not in GT3 but in ALMS days in prototypes. Can’t wait for it to join the party.

  4. Tarek R

    March 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    For me it’s Honda NSX 🙂

    I really hope Honda of Europe will push for a semi-works effort in Blancpain GT Series and the Spa 24 Hours

    • BlahTeeb

      March 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Right?! This thing needs to go to the Blancpain series as well. Hopefully in 2017 we have Lexus and Honda/Acura in Blancpain.

      • gtgianlu

        March 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

        Don’t think so about the RC F.It didn’t met the performance window requested at the bop test in September,so it will only race in the Vln under Emil Frey banner,in Europe at least

  5. morningview66

    March 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Nice Looking Car!

    My issue is if we are getting another manufacturer team in GT3, in IMSA we could end up with Lexus vs Acura. Cool in a way but why not go play with the big boys in GTLM/GTE and leave GTD to the Am’s

    • tracer

      March 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      You’ve got to start somewhere though, and as far as starting points go, GT3 is clearly the better avenue to get the Japanese OEMs back into the GT fold alongside Nissan.

  6. SteveW

    March 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    “Paging Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Peter Cunningham…”

  7. Marcus

    March 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    GT3 racing just keeps getting better

    • tracer

      March 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm


  8. Sweder

    March 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Nice looking NSX
    The list of GT3 manufacturers is getting bigger and bigger but what car maker has yet to a GT3 spec car?

    • Tom A.

      March 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Jaguar has already ruled out doing an F-Type GT3 (sadly), and it doesn’t seem like Ford has any interest in doing a GT3 Mustang or GT. Other than them I can’t really think of any makes and models that would be natural fits for GT3 that aren’t already involved.

      • Joao

        March 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        Maserati . There is a works entered Jag for the 12H Zandvoort in May. There is still hope for an F-Type

      • Anthony Thomas

        March 29, 2016 at 2:59 am

        Jaguar has said “watch this space”. They did rule it out for now, they are more concerned with new vehicle releases.

        Ford has been mum on any GT3 car, it’s not like the Ford GT can’t be also a GT3 car BMW did it and were a big proponent of the convergence talks.

    • Donnie T.

      March 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Lotus could feasibly do an Evora GT3 and an Alfa Giulia or new Spyker would be totally badass

      • Na-ross

        March 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        I can totally see a Twin-Turbo V6 Lotus Evora GT3. The problem (of course) that I fear may happen is the problem with the GTE version of the Lotus. Under-powered compared to the competition, not enough demand, and also not enough knowledge that it even exists. Even it did end up like that, Id still buy/race one of I had the money.

    • Mike D

      March 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Rolls-Royce Wraith GT3 🙂

  9. Jason

    March 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Great looking machine. That blows away the rectangle running around in PWC today.

  10. 7D3

    March 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Now that’s a car. Hope it goes into the WTSC.

    For this car its main challenge has got to be the McLaren 650S.

    Can’t wait to see this thing racing.

  11. Hugo

    March 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Sweeeeet! Stunning looking machine, and awesome to see yet another manufacturer join the GT3 roster. These really are golden years for GT racing.

  12. GT3ME

    March 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Awesome…hope Eversley comes to IMSA GTD!

  13. Russ Adams

    March 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Why have gt lm The gt3 s in pwc are just as fast … as the gt lm cars at cota Just have a gt3 pro and am

  14. Matt

    March 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Will it be street legal?

  15. T M

    March 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I hope it is raced by the Homda working guys, Gilsinher, Boehm, Scmidt etc.

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