What’s unclear, however, is exactly how Acura planned to race the NSX. St. Cyr tells us Acura shopped around the NSX to various racing series to try to enter the supercar as a hybrid, but was shut down at every turn. “We couldn’t get any sanctioning body accept the production car’s hybrid technology in a race series, but this car is still a fulfillment of our earlier commitment to take the NSX to the track,” he said.
In contrast, the NSX GT3 car has a single engine, a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V6. It’s based on the same design specifications as that in the production car – including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons, and dry sump lubrication system – but gets a brand new gearbox.
The “normal” NSX uses an all-wheel drive system but the GT3 racer will make do with the classic rear-wheel drive layout and also eschews any sort of electrical assistance. The same guise could hit the hotter NSX Type R in the years to come but we’re still not convinced the fan base will win this over. The NSX GT3 is in the process of development, testing, and final homologation to comply with the FIA GT3 global racing specifications, with the racing debut to take place sometimes in 2017.
The front end is practically one giant air intake vent, which should help keep the 3.5-liter, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 nice and cool as it zips around (and around and around…) the raceways of North America next year. And on the backside: a large deck wing spoiler.