Honda's NSX-based Super GT racer revealed

Claire Edwards

This is Honda's new Japanese Super GT race which has risen from the ashes of the now defunct new NSX production car.
Honda had been developing and testing the NSX until 2008, when it was forced to pull the plug as sales of its everyday models plummeted.

This HSV 010 Super GT racer borrows the body of the road car but gets an all-new carbon fibre chassis and swaps the original V10 unit for a 3.4-litre V8 engine to meet Super GT regulations. While exact performance figures are not yet known, it should be good for around 600bhp but would be restricted to 500bhp for the top GT500 class.

The engine will also be reworked to give it better endurance - in Super GT each engine has to last for four races. The NSX prototypes had Honda's Super Handling 4WD system but the racer will be rear-wheel-drive – again to meet Super GT regulations.
Honda has said it will build a limited run of cars which will go straight to Super GT teams.