The Acura NSX GT3, which is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6, was revealed on Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.
It was announced at the same time that Acura would field a factory team in an undisclosed North American championship in 2017.
Honda isn’t the first company to have to ditch all-wheel-drive in order to enter into GT3, Audi has had to do the same with its new R8 race car, as has Bentley. As it stands, the NSX will only race in the US for the time being.
The MDX initially was built at Honda’s plant in Alliston, Ontario. Since the 2014 model year, it has been built in Lincoln, Alabama, at the same plant that makes the Honda Pilot and Ridgeline.
Also on Wednesday, Acura provided a first look at the NSX GT3, a version of the Ohio-made supercar that will be used in Honda’s racing program. The GT3 had a wide spoiler, enlarged hood vents and other features designed for the racetrack.
Once its competition campaign kicks off, the Honda NSX GT3 will join ranks with the likes of the Audi R8 LMS, BMW M6 GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, McLaren 650S GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, and Porsche 911 GT3.