Honda’s luxury division Acura has unveiled a pair of NSX GT3 race cars that will make their racing debut at the season opening round of the Pirelli World Challenge in St. Petersburg.
Longtime Honda motorsport partner RealTime Racing will field the NSX GT3 machines on the grid with three-time World Challenge race winner Ryan Eversley and NSX GT3 development driver Peter Kox behind the wheel.
The NSX GT3 entries each features a unique “mirror image” livery of each other, just like the pair of NSX GT3 cars that raced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
The design is the work of Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek who was also responsible for the striking liveries on the Acura NSX GT3s being campaigned by Michael Shank Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge NSXs are an updated take on the iconic RealTime Racing design first seen on the Acura TLX GT.
Both cars will feature the RTR “squircles” – orange, blue and grey ovals scattered throughout the bodywork, first featured on the team’s Acura TLX GTs from 2014-16. Splashes of orange, a feature of all Acura Motorsports racing machines since the 1990s, complete the livery.
While the road-going NSX features an all-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain with a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 and three electric motors, the race-spec NSX GT3 ditches the hybrid setup for a pure petrol-powered layout using the same 3.5-litre boosted V6 driving only the rear wheels. To comply with class rules, the engine is limited to around 500 hp (372kW).
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge kicks off on March 10-12 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.