Acura aims to fly its banner at race tracks next year, with the mid-engine, two-seat NSX sports car taking on the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 650S, Mercedes-AMG GT, Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8 in the GT3 racing category.
The company is testing its planned race version of the production NSX on tracks now in preparation for 2017. The unpainted prototype is running in amazing looking bare black carbon fiber.
Acura's speed racer will run a modified version of the production model's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. It drives the rear wheels through a race-spec six-speed sequential manual transmission in place of the street car's nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The race version of the car wears carbon fiber bodywork and a track-tuned rear wing, splitter, diffuser and other aerodynamic aids. Regulations set horsepower of all GT3 competitors around 500 horsepower, though exact specifications are closely guarded secrets.
The first production NSX rolled off the company's Ohio assembly line May 24, going to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who bid $1.2 million for the first car in a charity auction. The car's base price is $156,000 for the rest of us.
In street trim, the NSX is rated at 573 horsepower and has a top speed of 191 mph.
Look for Acura's badass racer on a track near you next year.