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Acura Confirms NSX GT3 Evo for 2019

Acura confirms NSX GT3 Evo for global competition beginning next year…

Photo: Acura

Acura has confirmed that it will roll out with a comprehensive Evo package to its NSX GT3 next year.

Announced Friday at Road Atlanta, site of this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans, the updated car will be made available to customers in GT3 competition globally.

It features significant aero updates, with revised bodywork that includes a new splitter, diffuser and rear bumper that’s aimed to improve drivability for amateur and professional drivers.

The car will also feature new turbochargers for improved throttle response and boost control, that along with the aero changes, can be retrofitted to existing NSX GT3 cars as part of an Evo kit.

Additionally, newly built cars will feature improved ABS hardware and calibrations, along with an updated Bosch display and data-logging unit. 

The updates are expected to result in reduced running costs and an estimated 25 percent increase in engine life and greater component durability, according to the Japanese manufacturer.

“We are extremely pleased to present the specification of the 2019 NSX GT3 Evo today,” said Masashi Yamamoto, general manager, Honda Motorsports.

“While the car has already won in some of the world’s most prestigious GT3 series, we believe in constantly improving our products and providing the best possible equipment and support for our customers.

“Through the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Program, an international collaboration between a number of Honda’s technical partners, we have been able to combine expertise on a global level to define a set of upgrades for the latest version of the NSX GT3 that will benefit every one of our customer teams worldwide.”

As part of the NSX GT3 customer racing program, Mugen and Honda Performance Development (HPD) are responsible for technical and sales support in Japan and North America, respectively, while JAS Motorsport has responsibility for vehicle support in the rest of the world.

The car, which made its debut in 2016, is a multiple race winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class, with Acura in contention for the class title heading into this weekend’s ten-hour season finale.

Additional customer cars currently compete in ADAC GT Masters, Super GT and Blancpain GT Series Asia.

Acura is the third manufacturer to confirm Evo packages to its existing GT3 machinery for next year, joining Audi and Lamborghini in rolling out updates for the new regulations cycle.

Photo: Acura

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 FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Old Trombone

    October 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Great! Now make a road version with that GT3 body which is incredibly better looking than the current road car. That will be worth the $.

  2. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    October 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Evo kit looks great, makes the car seems even cooler in my opinion.

  3. driivsrlmbds

    October 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    cool but BoP doesnt care

    • Dave

      October 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Typically evo kits are about making the car easier to keep on track either literally or from a maintenance perspective. The pace may not be faster, but the ability of the driver (esp. the amateur)to keep things pointed in the right direction is improved. So not about making it go around the track faster, but making it go consistently fast around the track.

      I also second the idea of a street version of the GT3 body kit maybe with an IC-only engine as well.

  4. TF110

    October 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Front looks wider or at least more defined behind the fenders. The last one looked too much like the road car in that area.

  5. Jenner

    October 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Why don’t they go GTLM/GTE?

    Go with All-Pro factory line up, race against Corvette, BMW, Ford, Porsche.

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