Honda HSV-010 Specs Released

Although we'd already seen Honda's new HSV-010 race car testing at Suzuka, the automaker officially revealed the car's specifications today.

As previously suggested, the HSV-010 -- designed to campaign in Japan's Super GT series -- abandons the V-6 found in the previous NSX-R in favor of a new V-8 powerplant. Codenamed HR10EG, the 3.4-liter DOHC is reportedly capable of producing as much as 500 hp and 289 lb.-ft. of torque. That said, its output will likely be reined in to help conform to the rules of the GT500 class.

All power will be routed to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential manual gearbox controlled via shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel. Honda's fitted the car with an electronic power steering system, but as the HSV can tip the scales at 2420 lbs (thanks to an unpainted carbon fiber body), it could almost do without.

Look for the HSV-010 to make its race debut at the Suzka Circuit on March 21, but don't expect a production version -- a revived NSX, if you will -- anytime soon.

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