The Acura NSX road may be nearing the end of its life, but the GT3 racing variant is getting a whole new lease of life. New for the 2022 season, the Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 contains a host of hardware updates aimed at helping the Japanese automaker defend its manufacturer’s current champion status in IMSA GTD and SRO GT. NSX ceases production.
Since the NSX GT3 made its sales debut in 2017, the car has achieved 25 class wins in the IMSA GTD and SRO GT events. The 2019 season saw the introduction of the Evo model; this new Evo22 aims to further improve this variant. Acura tweaked the suspension geometry and spring rates to pick up speed through the corners. The car also receives larger capacity fluid tanks for endurance racing, as well as upgraded intercoolers for better engine performance throughout events. The way the wheels are mounted has even been changed to allow smoother and faster pit stops. The FIA âânow enforces rain lights, so the NSX GT3 Evo22 also benefits. Gradual adjustments on the surface, but which could help Acura stay ahead of the pack.
The chassis itself, like the current car, comes from Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, the factory that builds the production NSX. The NSX GT3 Evo22 will ultimately be assembled under the care of JAS Motorsport in Milan, Italy. JAS Motorsports will provide parts and technical support in Europe, while Honda Performance Development will take care of North American race cars. Interestingly, the NSX GT3 Evo22 will outlive the road NSX, as the competition car will remain homologated throughout the 2024 season, while the road car will finish its race at the end of 2022. What this means for the he future of Honda’s motorsport efforts remains unclear for now.
Whether or not the NSX GT3 Evo22 is able to defend the automaker’s position in the IMSA GTD and SRO GT series, we will be seeing a lot of this car over the next few years. Maybe it will even make us nostalgic for the road NSX by 2024. After all, it won our performance car of the year award in 2017.
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