Acura NSX GT3 Racecar

Just days after winning the Time Attack 2 class at this year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Acura has now released more official images of the NSX GT3 race car as it prepares for its 2017 campaign debut.

Unlike the racecar shown at the New York International Auto Show in March, the NSX GT3 photographed here proudly shows off its naked carbon-fibre skin. The custom bodywork and aero components include a large rear wing, front canards, splitters, side skirts, smaller wing mirrors, hood vents, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents.

Power comes from a 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 engine. According to Acura, the racecar uses the same engine parts from the production car including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry sump lubrication system.

Acura NSX GT3 Racecar

However, the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Honda’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system has been omitted here. Instead, the engine is paired to a six-speed sequential-shift racing gearbox, with power going exclusively to the rear wheels.

The NSX GT3 is produced by Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio, the same place where the road-going NSX is manufactured. Development of the NSX GT3 was initially conducted by Honda’s Japan race engineering arm with tests being done at race circuits in Europe and Japan.

The company’s North American race engineering group, Honda Performance Development (HPD) will provide additional development and testing. The vehicle is slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall. A beautiful racecar indeed, don’t you think?

GALLERY: Honda NSX at Tokyo 2015