Acura begins sales of NSX GT3 race car

You can now go racing with the Acura NSX GT3.

Acura has announced that it's track-only NSX GT3 will soon be available to customers worldwide.

Following the introduction of the road-going NSX, Acura went racing with a track version of the NSX known as the GT3. Now, just a year after its inaugural racing series where it picked up two victories, Acura is opening up its NSX GT3 order books to racers all over the world.

The NSX GT3 is largely based on the road-going NSX and actually begins life at the same Ohio assembly plant as the normal NSX. Likewise, the NSX and NSX GT3 also share the same hand-built 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6.

However, there are a few key differences between the two cars. Whereas the NSX uses a hybrid system, the NSX GT3 relies solely on its gas engine to drive the rear wheels. The NSX GT3 also uses a racing-spec six-speed sequential gearbox in place of the road car's nine-speed unit. And of course there are a few other racing-specific tweaks for the NSX GT3, such as a standard roll cage.

Final assembly of the NSX GT3 takes place at JAS Motorsport in Italy.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress and success of the NSX GT3 in our inaugural season," said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD. "Winning at Detroit and Watkins Glen, two very different circuits, in this highly competitive class illustrates the breadth of capabilities of the NSX GT3. We look forward to seeing the car in Victory Circle at tracks around the world in 2018 and beyond.”

The Acura NSX GT3 is eligible for a few different racing series, including the Pirelli World Challenge and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Acura NSX GT3 will compete against automotive brands like Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

U.S. pricing for the NSX GT3 has not been announced, but the car will list from €465,000 in Europe, which converts to $544,000.

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