Sports Cars

Acura NSX drops three motors to go racing

The road-going NSX gets its go from a quartet of gasoline and electric motors working in harmony. For the GT3, just one lump will provide all the power.

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I've recently been lucky to enjoy plenty of seat time in the new NSX -- the new NSX and its complex hybrid power system. With a twin-turbocharged V-6 in the rear mated to an electric motor, plus another pair of electric motors up front, it's one of the most advanced powertrains found on any car priced this side of a Porsche 918.

But, if you want to go racing with the thing...good luck. There are few sanctioning bodies that know what to do with electric motors, never mind three of the things. So, Acura's done a little pruning to create this, the NSX GT3. It is a purpose-built racer designed to comply with FIA's GT3 homologation specifications.

That means it's built for one thing and one thing only: racing.

The car is powered by a derivation of the 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 as in the production car. The GT3 also loses the road car's nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission, instead going for a six-speed sequential box.

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Interior comfort? Not so much, but dig that roll cage.

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The car runs carbon fiber bodywork to save weight, as you'd expect, and has grown a number of aerodynamic appendages -- some subtle, like the extended vents on the front fenders, and some less so, like the massive wing on the rear. It's also lost all semblance of an interior, but has gained a lovely roll cage in exchange.

The car is undergoing FIA testing now, so hopefully will be seen in competition before too long. No word on cost, but expect it to be some multiple of the road car's $156,000 MSRP. And, likely worth every penny.