Acura announced Friday that its new NSX GT3 race car will be campaigned in bot the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge in 2017.
The IMSA effort will be headed by Michael Shank Racing, who has ties to Acura parent company Honda thanks to its experience as a customer team in IMSA’s prototype class, where its Ligier chassis sports a Honda engine.
The RealTime racing connection is far more obvious to racing fans as the team has been fielding Acura and Honda race cars in various series for decades.
Both teams will field two NSX GT3s in their respective series.
The GT3 variant of Acura’s new halo car ditches the street model’s complex hybrid system for a simple, twin-turbocharged V6. Acura still has not revealed the final power figures of this race-prepped engine, but we know that most of its internal components are shared with the road-going variant, so we expect the rumored 500-horsepower figure is a realistic ceiling.
Engineers in Japan conducted the early development of the NSX GT3, but the final testing and homologation is being handled locally in conjunction with the racing teams to ensure compliance.
Photos by Ben Hsu.