The performance-oriented NSX GT3 version of Acura’s modern NSX debuted a couple of years back, in late 2016. It boasts a plethora of race-oriented modifications — from a six-speed sequential transmission and state-of-the-art chassis and aero designs, all the way down to its FIA safety systems. Its being called the “ultimate mid-engined GT3 racer.”
The Acura NSX GT3 chassis is being created at the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, then assembled by JAS Motorsport in Milan, Italy.
Since its creation, it went on to tackle some of the world’s most iconic GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, and more. The car is a multiple-race winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship‘s GTD division and the Pirelli World Challenge, and also has taken podium finishes in the Blancpain GT Series, in Asia.
With two years of success under its belt, Acura sought to improve the NSX GT3 as we know it — starting with a new front splitter, rear bumper, and awesome looking rear diffuser, to help reduce drag, improve cooling, balance, and overall drivability. The result of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Program’s past two years of analysis has brought information to improve performance, durability, and reduce its running costs, resulting in a whopping 25-percent increase in engine life.
The General Manager of Honda Motorsports, Masashi Yamamoto, said, “We are extremely pleased to present the specification of the 2019 NSX GT3 Evo today. While the car has already won in some of the world’s most prestigious GT3 series, we believe in constantly improving our products and providing the best possible equipment and support for our customers.”
Per the press release, “The latest evolution of the Acura NSX GT3 retains the nucleus of what makes the NSX one of the most sought-after supercars for the road.” Not only is its 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, six-cylinder built alongside production vehicle’s systems in Ohio, but it also uses portions of their designs; including the block, heads, valve train, crankshafts, pistons, and dry-sump system.
Masashi explains, “Through the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Program, an international collaboration between a number of Honda’s technical partners, we have been able to combine expertise on a global level to define a set of upgrades for the latest version of the NSX GT3 that will benefit every one of our customer teams worldwide.”
Throttle response was improved with the new iteration of the GT3 with new turbochargers under the hood — which, like all other additions, will be retrofitted to all existing NSX GT3s. They will also feature improved hardware, an upgraded Bosch display, updates to the anti-lock braking system (ABS) system, and upgrades to their data-logging units. These modifications will also be available as Variant Supply (VF), so they will be available to add to all existing NSX GT3s.
The new and improved NSX GT3 Evo will be competing in events worldwide in 2019. With its predecessor being so successful, we can’t wait to see what this newly designed example will accomplish.