Acura Automobiles: Michael Shank Racing, RealTime Racing To Lead 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

Posted on 17. Sep, 2016 by in Acura Canada

  • Twin turbocharged NSX supercar to debate in both WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge in 2017
  • Two-car efforts in any series
  • NSX slated to finish FIA GT3 homologation this year

TORRANCE, CA – Acura Motorsports now announced that Michael Shank Racing will lead a company’s bid in a 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while RealTime Racing will continue to conduct a manufacturer’s conflict in a SCCA Pirelli World Challenge.  Each group will margin a span of new Acura NSX GT3 foe cars, now being prepared for FIA homologation.

Long-time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing will again foe a Pirelli World Challenge, switching to a new NSX GT3 from a Acura TLX GT, that a Wisconsin-based group has used to record 3 victories during a past dual seasons in a highly-competitive sprint-race series.  RealTime has a prolonged story of success in racing a far-reaching operation of Acura and Honda products, including 88 World Challenge foe victories and 14 championships given 1993.

Operating for a past dual seasons as a patron group fielding a Honda-powered Ligier framework in IMSA’s antecedent division, Michael Shank Racing has been a unchanging front-runner in a pretension difficulty of a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning progressing this year during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca among 5 2016 lectern finishes. The Columbus, Ohio-based operation will run a span of Acura NSX GT3s in a GTD category of a continuation racing series.

“The NSX was designed as a apex countenance of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking brazen to proof a ultimate opening capabilities in GT3 competition,” pronounced Art St. Cyr, boss of Honda Performance Development, that will manage a Acura Motorsports GT3 effort.  “By stability a longtime partnership with RealTime Racing in a Pirelli World Challenge and fluctuating a organisation with Michael Shank Racing in a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, we devise to build on Acura’s prolonged tradition of success in North American sports automobile racing.”

Initial growth of a NSX GT3 was conducted by a company’s Japanese foe engineering arm, with contrast on foe circuits in Europe and Japan. Additional development, contrast and final homologation to FIA GT3 tellurian racing specifications is now being undertaken by HPD in and with RealTime and Michael Shank Racing.

“To contend that we’re anxious to be a partial of a Acura Motorsports module in 2017 would be a large understatement,” pronounced MSR group owners Michael Shank.  “This is a outrageous step brazen in a growth of a team, and we’re looking brazen to operative with HPD to supplement to Acura’s story of success in North American continuation racing.”

RealTime owner Peter Cunningham is eager about stability his team’s long-term attribute with Acura, including 14 victories in World Challenge foe with a first-generation NSX and winning a 1997 GT championship. “After privately being concerned with a initial lane contrast and racing of a initial era Acura NSX 26 years ago, it is a good respect for my group and we to have this event with a NSX GT3 program,” he said.  “The new era NSX is an implausible machine, and will be a good height for RealTime and Acura to contend for a 2017 Pirelli World Challenge title.”

The Acura NSX GT3 racecar facilities tradition bodywork and aero components including a back wing, underbody diffuser and lengthened hood vents for fit engine cooling. The NSX GT3 will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine regulating a same pattern specifications as a engine in a prolongation 2017 Acura NSX, including a block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The engine will be interconnected with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering energy to a back wheels.

The NSX GT3 will implement a prolongation NSX’s ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material physique with aluminum-intensive space frame, that is constructed by a Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a disdainful production home for a new Acura NSX. Its twin-turbocharged V-6 engine will also be made in Ohio.  Acura products are constructed regulating domestic and globally sourced parts.

The Acura NSX GT3 automobile will try to supplement to a abounding bequest of Acura sports automobile racing campaigns and championships, including a 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and motorist championships, and a 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, motorist and group championships in both a LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura now campaigns a span of Acura TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in a Pirelli World Challenge.


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