When one takes a moment to listen to the underlying buzz of the development story that is 2017 Acura NSX, we learn that racing sits at the core of this monster’s DNA.
For most of us that cover the unfolding story of Acura’s halo car, it wasn’t a question of “what if” but when Acura would unveil a race prepared 2017 Acura NSX sports hybrid supercar. After all, we’d watched several accounts of Acura NSX being track tested during its development, including a track malfunction resulting in fire and subsequent meltdown.
As announced Wednesday from the New York International Auto Show by (HPD) Honda Performance Development head Art St Cyr, Honda will return to the world of GT3 spec Grand Prix racing behind the wheel of a twin turbocharged rear-wheel-drive 2017 NSX in 2017. As to when, where, and who gets to drive it, that information is yet to come.
NSX track tested, race ready
Most if not all performance cars are bench tested on a race track well before they hit the public roads and highways of the manufacturer’s intended market. In the case of the the long awaited 2017 Acura NSX, the chassis, safety cage engineering, mixed-composite body panel structure, engine and transaxle components — mostly hand assembled — originate at the Anna, Ohio engine plant, and the Marysville, Ohio Performance Manufacturing Center.
On a recent tour of Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center we witnessed the exceptional end result of “personal accountability” on an 8-car-per-day hand trolley assembly line. The 2017 Acura NSX is the most affordable, mostly hand assembled supercar available to the market today. The NSX GT3 pictured above is assembled in the same facility as the production NSX.
According to Art St Cyr: Race specifications for the NSX GT 3 will eliminate the employment of 3-motor torque vectoring and smart handling all wheel drive; as featured in the production offering. The end result will be a track nimble twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 engine utilizing the factor specified engine block, heads, crank and valve assembly, all conman to the factory mill.
We anticipate horsepower production well north of 600 hp as demonstrated by the twin turbocharged, rear wheel drive 2016 Acura TLX-GT car, built and driven by Real Time ™ Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge.
There’s been more than a few rumors circulating the virtual office water cooler as to Real Time Racing dropping the TLX platform for NSX in 2017. Could be! Only time will tell.