Acura NSX GT3

2016 New York International Auto Show: New Honda NSX GT3 has no hybrid system

Honda’s Acura brand unveiled the new NSX GT3 at the New York International Auto Show as it opened its doors on March 23. Unlike the mass market model, this racing version does not have a hybrid system.

The NSX GT3 is a racing car based on the new NSX that meets the FIA’s GT3 regulations. It’s expected to make its racing debut in the 2017 season.

The racing model has the aluminum space frame and structure materials designed for high rigidity and light weight that the mass market NSX uses. It also has features for better aerodynamics such as a large spoiler and diffuser.

It has the same 3.5L V6 gasoline twin turbo engine as the new NSX at mid-ship, and uses the mass market model’s engine block, head, valve train, crankshaft, pistons, and dry sump oil lubrication system. The transmission is 6-speed sequential.

The main difference with the mass market model is that the NSX GT3 does not have the hybrid system. It is an MR (mid-ship rear drive) model whose rear wheels are only powered by the engine, which means that it doesn’t have the motor power assist feature for both front and back that’s a standout feature of the new NSX.

The reason is that the FIA’s GT3 regulations forbid hybrids and 4WD. Honda Performance Development chief Art St. Cyr says, “The new NSX offers excellent performance and we’re eagerly anticipating GT3 racing certification.”

(Translated by Greg Scott)