When the Acura NSX supercar arrives sometime in 2014, it may go straight from the showroom to the racetrack — in GT form. Reports suggest an NSX GT racer is in the works, and we could see it as early as 2014.
Thanks to Honda Performance Development, the Japanese automaker’s research and development subsidiary that focuses solely on racing, an NSX racer could be a serious contender on the track, as HPD vice president Steve Eriksen told SpeedTV.com that the Acura NSX was meant to be raced, though various series regulations will determine where the automaker focuses its efforts.
Right now, the Grand Am GX division makes the most sense for the NSX. Though the Grand Am and ALMS series are about to merge, the current GX class permits alternative-fuel engines of under 4.0 liters, which would make the hybrid supercar a perfect entrant with its 3.7-liter V-6 and three electric motors. Eriksen, on the other hand, suggests that Le Mans would be a great place for the NSX to “show its prowess.”
Currently, ACO GTE rules don’t allow for hybrid systems. But then again, it’s unclear at this point whether the NSX GT racer will even be a hybrid, or if there will even be a GT racer. An Acura representative tells us the company can’t confirm the information in the SpeedTV.com story but did note the 2012 Detroit auto show statement from Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, “While we created the NSX Concept for our customers, you might see NSX on the race track as well.”
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