Comprehensive GT3 Insights: The Honda NSX GT3 Emerges on the Global Stage

    Dakar Rally, GT, and British GT News

    The arrival of the Honda NSX GT3 in 2017 marked a significant milestone for the Japanese automaker’s foray into the global GT3 racing arena. As the last of the “Big Three” Japanese manufacturers to commit to the burgeoning GT3 platform, Honda’s entry coincided with the launch of the all-new NSX hybrid supercar, which was famously tested in development by the late great Ayrton Senna.

    The NSX GT3’s gestation process involved a truly global effort, with the car’s design penned by Honda R&D in Japan, and support from long-time WTCC partner JAS Motorsport in Italy. The chassis and 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplant were built in the U.S. by Honda Performance Development (HPD), which also led the prototype testing and development prior to the car’s FIA homologation. Final assembly was carried out by JAS Motorsport in Italy.

    “After just one season of IMSA racing, Honda released an Evo upgrade kit for the NSX GT3, further enhancing the car’s aerodynamics and drivability – a rarity for a GT3 car to see such a rapid evolution.”

    The NSX GT3 features a hybrid chassis with a chromoly roll cage, full carbon fiber bodywork, and Brembo brakes paired with a Bosch ABS system. Power is provided by a mid-mounted 550+ hp twin-turbo V6 engine, channeled through a six-speed sequential gearbox from X-Trac.

    Aerodynamically, the NSX GT3 boasts a pronounced front splitter, louvered wheel arches, and a sizeable rear diffuser, working in harmony with the high-mounted rear wing. The stripped-out interior is focused on functionality, with a bespoke racing steering wheel and Bosch instrumentation.

    While a relative newcomer to the GT3 landscape, the NSX has already made an impact in its domestic Japanese market, with a strong presence in the Super GT championship. As Honda seeks to establish a greater global foothold, the NSX GT3 will be a key player in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, including its first foray to the iconic Bathurst 12 Hour event in 2020.

    With the retraction of Nissan and Toyota’s global GT3 programs, Honda has inherited the mantle of being the leading Japanese representative in the highly competitive international GT3 arena. As the NSX GT3 continues to evolve and gain experience, it will be an intriguing prospect to watch in the years to come.

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