Honda NSX-GT on test day 2008
Keiichi Tsuchiya, an ex-driver of ARTA NSX appears on the last scene who is
now an executive advisor of the team. March, 2008
Honda Tests NSX-GT FR Hybrid
What a surprise... Nobody, and even none of the auto media could see this
coming. At a regular "Super GT Test Day" held at TwinRing Motegi on
October 2010, Honda NSX-GT suddenly showed up with no official
announcement. Honda already has HSV for Super GT. Why now NSX-GT?
The vehicle has the looking of NSX-GT, but what lies under the body kit is
a "FR" vehicle. The exact same car was previously spotted just once on
2007 when it was announced that Super GT regulation would change from 2009
and only "3.4L FR" race cars will be allowed. NSX-GT being a "3.5L
mid-ship", it was apparent that the new regulation was designed to shut out
NSX-GT from Super GT. Honda needed to make a tough decision at that time
whether to make a FR version of NSX-GT, or stop racing. The car spotted on
2007 was a result of Honda's ultimate struggle - its hood awkwardly
stretched to store engine in front, sticking Exhaust pipes from the side instead of rear, and
roof-top air intake became useless and had scaled down.
Eventually, Honda managed to survive in racing in Super GT by developing a
new 3.4L FR vehicle, HSV-010 GT on 2010. And what had happened to that "FR
NSX-GT"? There was no doubt of it being scrapped and gone forever, after
all it became a useless prototype race car. The set-up probably did not go
well, and above all, who would like to see a FR NSX?
[NSX-GT with KERS]
But it turned out that "FR NSX-GT" was still alive, secretly stored inside
the garage of Honda R&D team for 3 years. This time, it was chosen for the
vehicle to officially test KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) which
might be used for 2012 Super GT or later. To reduce development cost of
KERS, Honda volunteered to provide the car and gather data for all race
entrants, and Lexus and Nissan approved it. "FR NSX-GT" was an ideal test
car for all 3 car makers. The car was basically designed to race in Super
GT, but Honda did not develop it till the end and had never used in races,
thus lack of racing data. This was fair deal for Lexus and Nissan because
Honda testing KERS will not bring advantage to HSV.
So many people and media asked the GT Association (management organization
of Super GT) the specification of this "NSX-GT Hybrid", and later an
official announcement was made.
KERS provided for testing purpose for Super GT vehicle is manufactured by
Zytek, the same KERS supplier for F1. It can be used to Boost the car for maximum of 20 seconds to
overtake others, and can be fully recharged after 1 single lap. It is 40kw
strong and is powerful enough to drive cars solely on electric motor on
places such as pit lanes. The KERS itself weigh 50kg.
According to GT Association, the very first test drive of NSX-GT Hybrid was
done a month ago, and this was the first time to seriously test its
potential on race tracks. Test driver of "NSX-GT Hybrid" was Katsutomo
Kaneishi who was a Honda test driver in days of NSX-GT, and currently a
director of Real Racing Team with KEIHIN HSV-010. His best lap of the day
was 1.49"468 at TwinRing Motegi, only 4.453 seconds slower than the fastest
lap of the day by Lexus ENEOS SC430.
There should be tons of more tests coming, but so far it seems possible
KERS might be used at Super GT in the near future.
MUGEN NSX-RR Concept (2009)
"Honda NSX Mugen RR Concept" from Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 - this is my top
favorite concept car from Mugen of all time.
There are no other tuners in the world that could modify NSX like this -
the one you can feel the real racing technology feedback from SuperGT.
This bodykit looked almost the same as NSX-GT, but it actually fitted the
Japanese production car regulations, which meant if this car was put into
production, we could actually drive it on streets.
As Mugen had created a concept model of Civic Type RR(double-R, based on
JDM FD2) on 2007 and just 6 months later, they had put that into real
production of 300 limited cars, many people expected this "NSX-RR Concept"
to be another dream-come-true in the near future... which never happened.
There are no official announcement from Mugen ever after, but I have
personally asked few people from Mugen and they had told me 2 major issues
they were facing regarding the production of NSX-RR. One was that Honda
NSX had already finished its production on 2005, so Mugen had to think of a
way to purchase "lots of fresh used NSX". Aiming to build the best NSX
ever, basically they didn't like the idea to purchase used NSX - a car they
have no idea of its true condition. And the other issue was the price.
Mugen Civic Type RR was almost twice the price of the base FD2 (4.7million
yen to 2.8million), but if Mugen were to purchase used NSXs, restore them,
seriously develop new parts and settings, and manufacture NSX-RR (probably
using carbon fiber body) being far better than its base NSX-R, their
estimated retail price of NSX-RR would be 5-8 times larger than NSX-R
(600,000 to 900,000US$). Economic situation already being worse at 2007,
Mugen could not find a potential market for NSX-RR of that price range.
Size: 4,520 x 1,950 x 1,320mm (+90, +140, +160mm to NSX-R)
Wheelbase: 2,530mm (same as NSX-R)
Engine: modified longitudinal C32B (3.2L V6)
Tires: Fr.255/35R18 Rr.335/30R18 (NSX-R: Fr.215/40R17 Rr.255/40R17)
[NSX-RR Concept official website by Mugen]
Jeff's NSX Version 2 2011 07 15 22 10 41
This NSX started out as Red 91 with 55,000 miles on it was stripped down
after two weeks of ownership and the build began. The front fenders, rear
quarters and rockers are Sorcery the Hood is Route KS. Rear bumper. hatch
and front splitter as many other parts are custom one off raw carbon fiber
made by owner. The airlift system ( Variable Ride Height ) is from Umbrella
Auto Design the car does not have air bags. The car is wrapped in Matte
White vinyl over the winter the door jams will be fixed to match as the
engine bay. The Exhaust is Sorcery no
longer made rims are Advan RS 18-19 brakes are custom with milled brackets
to handle the 6 piston calipers. Interior is custom Alcantara and Leather
with many more custom pieces to many to list. Motor will be pulled this
winter and fit with custom ITB's and will be featured in a National Car
Magazine next spring. Door jams and engine bay will be taken car of also.
More pro photos can be found on NSX Prime photo section and JDM Chicago
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