Honda’s NSX replacement lives in Super GT

Out with the old NSX race car and in with the new HSV-010 for SuperGT 2010.

Now I know you’ve heard about the 5.0L v10 test mule s2000 that took it’s run around the nurburgring. Well of course due to the encomic downturn Honda had axed the succesor of the S2000 and the NSX, leaving Honda with no RWD sports cars. Now keep in mind, in the Super GT Honda has continued to run the NSX even though it’s out of production. Now your proably wondering how can a car manufactuer can is still race even though the production car hasn’t been made in last few years? Well according to SuperGT regulations, a car manufactor must have a in counterpart production road going version of the race, now if that manufactuer stops the production version of that car they can run that car for 5 years after the car ceased production.

Meanwhile this gives the automaker a chance to build one from stratch if they really wanted to. Now here’s the delemia, since recent changes in regulations for 2010 of GT500. Cars now must be front mounted engines, well Honda’s NSX is mid engine, and they cannot just throw the motor in the front. That will alter the car and will not quailify because the engine has been modified beyond the cars original specs and the regulations Super GT set in play. So Honda has to replace the mid engine NSX, but Honda has no front mounted engine car.

What to do? First Honda can blame themselves for that. But! Thanks to the new rules and regulations for 2010 Super GT, Honda will be able to replace the NSX with the axed NSX successor without making a roadgoing version for now. Yup, that camifoshed prototype that we last saw after the debute of S2000 test mule will be Honda’s answer to the Super GT. It’s name is HSV-0100 the new race car for the GT500 class. HSV stands for Honda Sports Velocity, catchy isn’t it?

Honda HSVHonda HSV rearThe 5.0L v10 engine will not power the HSV-0100 GT500 race car, but instead it will use the very same naturally asperated 3.4L v8 found in Acura’s American Lemans AXR-01 LMP2 race car. This engine it’self has proven it got the stuff to move. No twin turbo chargers, just raw motor from a 3.4liter.

Oh and thank God it does not look like the car that was shown in the autoshow…. This is good news for Honda fans, this puts a smile on my face too to see some hope that Honda hasn’t gave up.
Now when the economy kicks back up to full swing I hope to see this road going counter part on the streets.

Honda NSX

Oh and thank God this does not look like the car that was shown in the autoshow…. This is good news for Honda fans, this puts a smile on my face too to see some hope that Honda hasn’t gave up.

Sources and Pictures
www.zerotohundred.com
http://world.honda.com/news/2010/c100118HSV-010-GT/

Published on April 7, 2010 in Honda

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