As if the Honda NSX wasn’t desirable enough, the company has now released the racing version for sale to anyone who wants one… and who can afford the €465,000 starting price for the bare carbon beauty.
Sitting on Sachs five-way adjustable suspension, the 4.6-metre racer looks like an absolute beast with a huge rear wing and a massive scythe-like front splitter. The diffuser looks like it wants to eat you head first and the ride height means serious business, as do the exhausts.
The NSX GT3 is eligible to race in more than two-dozen racing series around the world, including the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Pirelli World Challenge and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America. The Blancpain GT Series is also on the list, as well as the Nurburgring 24-Hours race.
Its chassis, including the integral roll cage, are built at one plant in Ohio while the production-based 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 is made at another facility in the same state. The cylinder block, pistons, heads, valve train, crankshaft and dry-sump lubrication system are all identical to the production versions. Power outputs are said to be the limits of the class, which for the NSX’s 1240kg weight puts peak power at around 540bhp.
Full backup for parts and maintenance is available through the same middle-men. In North America that’s Honda Performance Development while in Europe it’s JAS Motorsport. The NSX GT3 is a bit expensive, though, even for the class. The figures we got hold of suggest a starting price some €150,000 lower for a Porsche 911 GT3 R, but those numbers are a few years old. The 500-horsepower GT3 R is less powerful but lighter.