Honda NSX GT3 announced - ditches hybrid tech and goes rear-wheel drive

Honda to race NSX in America under Acura brand

Honda is to race the NSX in the US under the Acura badge. The NSX GT3 will ditch the hybrid tech found in the road car and go rear-wheel drive in order to meet GT3 race regulations.

A core part of the buzz around the new NSX has been to do with its hybrid all-wheel drive tech, so having to lose it to get the NSX racing is a bit of a shame. Still, on paper, it sounds like a proper NSX for the enthusiast.

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The engine is said to be pretty close to the one found to the production car, being built in the same factory in Ohio and keeping the road-going NSX's block, crank, valvetrain, sump and cylinder heads.

Honda isn't the first company to have to ditch all-wheel-drive in order to enter into GT3, Audi has had to do the same with its new R8 race car, as has Bentley. As it stands, the NSX will only race in the US for the time being.

As for the car itself, it sports a huge front splitter, carbon fibre dive-planes, a massive fixed rear wing and a stripped out GT3-car interior.

We finally got to drive the NSX recently, which after years in development and a fairly unsteady development schedule, turned out to be rather excellent. You can read our full review below.

>Read our Honda NSX review

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