• Dec 21, 2009
Honda HSV-10 GT - Click above for high-res image

The Honda NSX might be gone, but it's set to live on as the HSV-10 GT in Japan's SuperGT championship.

Although we don't have an official release or specs yet, we do have the image above and some preliminary details on the HSV-10 GT or Velocity Sports Honda. Built to the 2010 GT500 regulations, the new front/mid-engine racer from Honda is packing a 500+ hp, 3.4-liter V8 and sending power through the same Ricardo sequential manual gearbox fitted to the 2010 SuperGT cars from Nissan and Toyota. Underneath all that glorious carbon fiber is the same chassis Honda's been working on (originally as an NSX replacement) for the last two years. The SuperGT season opener is scheduled for March 20 and 21 of 2010, but we expect more details and a host of high-res images to hit soon. Stay tuned...

UPDATED with press release after the jump.

[Source: LeBlogAuto]

PRESS RELEASE

Honda to compete in GT500 class of 2010 Super GT Series with HSV-010 GT

December 22, 2009―Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it will compete in the GT500 class of the 2010 Super GT Series (managed and run by GTA Co., Ltd.) with its HSV-010 GT.

The HSV-010 GT was developed exclusively for racing with the hope of offering thrills and dreams to fans through an unremitting focus on speed-the starting point of all motorsports. The model conforms to the 2010 GT500 Regulations, (including a 3.4-liter V8 engine and an FR layout) issued by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF), having earned JAF-GT500 basic vehicle registration.
The HSV-010 GT is slated to debut at the Super GT season opener at the Suzuka Circuit, held on March 20–21 (Sat.–Sun.), 2010.
* The letters "HSV" stand for Honda Sports Velocity.

Since joining the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) in 1997 with its NSX-GT, Honda has competed in a total of 106 races during 13 years through the end of the 2009 season. During this time, Honda has taken the pole position 50 times and won 37 races.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      By visiting Honda's SuperGT website you can watch a teaser video showing additional photos of the HSV-010 GT.


      http://www.honda.co.jp/SuperGT/

      *** Teaser Video***
      • 5 Years Ago
      Super GT rules require only 5 cars to be produced, so they may make an incredibly low-run of these cars.

      Honda has done this in the past, they made only 5 of the NSX-R GT vehicles to meet homologation requirements to run in the GT500. GT300 has a much higher homologation requirement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slade is right, they found a loophole and made this car. Autoblog even made a post about it: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/12/11/report-honda-nsx-running-in-supergt/
      • 5 Years Ago
      That. is. HOT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, a cool looking Honda, i haven't said that for ages.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my sexy. That is gooooooorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda/Acura seems very conflicted these days. Could be my head-cold talking, but here goes:

      They start a Le Mans program and do pretty well for a new operation. Cool.

      But rather than capitalizing on this brand exposure and racing pedigree establishment like Audi did with the R8, they put the NSX replacement on "indefinite hold" and start putting angry can-openers on their whole product line.

      The majority of commercials I see for Acura speak only of safety (meaning they've realized their target buyer could probably care less about performance), and the brand's entire marketing campaign "Advance" or whatever is just crap. When was the last time an Acura commercial had audio of one of their engines at full-song? Or didn't try way too hard to convince you that Acura is, in fact, a luxury brand. Hey Acura: ADVANCE.

      Honda meanwhile pulls one of the biggest corporate knee-jerk reactions in history by dumping their F1 team, then goes on to hit all of their products with ye olde ugly stick. They rush the Insight out the door and have already realized it needs a lot more polish and MPGs. And who was asleep at the wheel at Honda while Ford seized the highest MPG claim for midsize sedans? (Good for Ford, BTW, I'm impressed)

      Now they hope to campaign this car in a racing series that the average Honda/Acura buyer has never even heard of. Not to mention that the car this thing is based on isn't even in production, so racing fans out there can't even LUST after the damn thing!

      Is anyone even RUNNING Honda/Acura anymore?

      /rant.

      This is coming from a guy that five years ago could have been easily convinced to get an H-badge tattoo while black-out drunk.

      Begin flaming!
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow Cameron......wow...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bravo my good man.
        Pretty much what I was gonna say. I'm so happy there's another Japanese manufacturer with mediocre motorsport/sportscar efforts I can make fun of today. After coming off of poking fun at the LFA, this feels like a nice drink after dinner. However, at least Toyota is actually making the LFA, and Nissan is making the GTR. WTF does Honda have to show for? Sure, they had the S2000 for almost a decade, but I don't feel a juiced-up Miata should have to carry the entire sport/RWD for all of Honda and Acura.

        I shutter to think that in their "flavor of the day is green" mindset, they'll probably make the NSX replacement, but slap a hybrid system on it or just make it an electric car. The only upside is that this will drive the market for used NSXs, aka 20 year old Lotus Evora. IDEA! Just take the drivetrain out of the TL SH-AWD, flip it around, and put it in some Lotus-engineered chassis that weighs less than 3k. That can be you're new NSX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's hard for me to root for Honda's HSV-10 in the same way I did for the NSX mainly because this car is, for now, a big tease. It's as if Honda's saying "Hey, look what we got. Want one? Nope! Can't have one!" At least with Lexus's LFA we knew it was going to eventually become a production model. If they do put the HSV into production however, my lust for Honda's performance vehicles will continue. Plus, after the Insight, Crossover, and a seemingly (thought hopefully not!) disappointing CR-Z, Honda needs to produce this car to prove they can still competently produce great cars other than the Accord, Civic, and Odyssey.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks.. wow.. yummy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NSX no more indeed. The NSX was actually attractive. This looks like a smiling siamese cat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can't don't have lips, so they can't smile.

        Stoopid...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never said it wont "do well" (i never knew supercars were meant to be volume sellers) but I still think its rather garish while the NSX was a very clean, classy design. I prefer the LFA to this even though i wont be able to afford either one. Im sure this thing is a stunning performer though, but i hope the street version (if there ever is one) will be nicer looking.

        Cats cant smile? Who knew? Why was this not discussed on the news tonight???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Next thing you will tell me is dogs, deer, mice, lions and other animals cant talk! Someone alert Disney!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fear not my brother-in-arms! But....now I can't unsee it. Damnit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like a TVR Sagaris.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jaw on floor.
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