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Acura’s NSX GT3 Enters Final Testing Phase

Development on the new Acura NSX GT3 is coming along quite nicely. Acura entered their NSX GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Practice this week at Utah Motorsports Campus. This was done as an effort to get the car additional track time. That said, it didn’t stop Peter Kox from topping the time sheets. Yup, in its first laps against other cars the NSX GT3 smoked the field. Kox, who is Acura’s top development driver recorded a lap of 1:48.507. That time was 0.764 seconds faster than the No. 23 M1GT Racing Audi R8 LMS of David Ostella.

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This was all a part of Acura’s planed testing schedule. Amid rumors to the contrary, there was no plan to enter the car in the races. The NSX GT3 won’t be at the next round at Sonoma as PWC will be sharing the weekend with IndyCar and track time will be highly limited. HPD Senior Program Engineer Lee Niffenegger told SportsCar365 the car will be at the season Finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It is unknown at this point if the car will actually take part in the races themselves. That will depend largely on next month’s FIA Balance of Performance test in Ladoux. The test will essentially lock in car’s tech configuration for next year. HPD is building a 3rd chassis specifically for the test.

“We’re going to have some additional private testing as we narrow down what we’re going to show up with in France,” Niffenegger told SportsCar365. “We’re right now working through what we want to finally present to the FIA. There’s obviously lots of options on what you can do. It’s just how to get to that finale recipe.”

If we are lucky enough to see the NSX GT3 make its race debut at Laguna Seca it will likely do so unclassified. Given similar new car situations in different series recently it is likely that PWC will allow the car to run but not score points.

I say go for it Acura, what do you have to lose exactly? It’s not like you’re going to get screwed by the BoP for next season as all cars have to go to the FIA BoP test next month anyway. Plus, what better way to test the car then in actual competition. Sure the car may be fast all by itself but what about dirty air? How does the car respond when in the heat of a race with other cars all around it? If something breaks, is it a quick fix or a long one and can anything be done to shorten the repair time? These are things you can only learn by racing. It may not be for points or glory or anything but Acura would be smart to get the NSX GT3 in competition as soon and as often as possible.

 

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Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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