Honda’s production NSX may still be two years away but its evil-twin racing variant is here, now, and ready to compete in the GT500 class of the 2014 Japanese SUPER GT Series.
The NSX CONCEPT-GT is a dedicated racing car based on the NSX Concept that made its world debut at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit, but unlike the forthcoming production car, the CONCEPT-GT is built to GT500 regulations.
That means it’s powered by a mid-mounted 2.0-litre direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo engine together with a KERS hybrid system which harvests energy under braking.
Competitors in next year’s Super GT Series GT500 class are at Suzuka Circuit this afternoon for the first of many shakedowns.
Joining Honda’s CONCEPT-GT will be the Lexus entry based on the Lexus LF-CC which made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The LF-CC racer will replace the Lexus SC 430, currently used in Super GT races and as with Honda’s NSX CONCEPT-GT will precede a road car – in this case the coupé version of the recently launched Lexus IS.