• Jan 18th 2010 at 12:58PM
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After a single teaser, a slew of spy shots and a handful of videos, Honda has finally released all the official details on its new GT500-bound HSV-010 racecar. Based on the discontinued NSX successor, five HSV-010s will hit the track at the SuperGT season opener this May, with 10 drivers, including Ralph Firman and Yuji Ide.

While the road car was believed to have been powered by a new V10, the HSV-010 uses a 3.4-liter V8. The engine is likely a derivative of the powerplant used in the Acura ARX-01 LMP2 car in the American Le Mans Series over the last three years. With 496 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque propelling its 2,425 pound mass, Honda's new team of GT500 racers has the chance to take the Japanese series by storm. Make the jump for the official specs.

[Source: Honda]


Honda introduces HSV-010 GT for competing in GT500 class of SUPER GT Series

January 18, 2010 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. introduced the HSV-010 GT, which will compete in the GT500 class of the 2010 Super GT Series (managed and run by GTA Co., Ltd.).
* The letters "HSV" stand for Honda Sports Velocity.

Honda HSV-010 GT: Specifications and performance characteristics
Dimensions, weight Length × Width × Height (m) 4.675 × 2.000 × (not disclosed)
Wheelbase (m) 2.700
Vehicle weight (kg) 1,100 or more
Engine Engine name HR10EG
Configuration Liquid-cooled, naturally aspirated, longitudinal V8
V angle (°) 90
Valve train Gear-driven DOHC: 2 intake and 2 exhaust valves per cylinder
Displacement (cm3) 3,397
Bore × stroke (mm) 93.0 × 62.5
Compression ratio (Not disclosed)
Maximum output (kW[PS]) 370 (500) or more
Maximum torque(N·m[kg·m]) 392 (40.0) or more
Throttle control system Mechanical
Fuel supply system Programmed fuel injection system (Honda PGM-FI)
Fuel Lead-free premium gasoline
Lubrication Dry sump
Powertrain, running system Transmission mechanism Constant mesh
Transmission shifting method Steering paddle shifter
Steering system mechanism Rack and pinion system with electric power steering (EPS)
Tires(Front·Rear) 330/40R18 ·330/45R17
Brake type and mechanism Hydraulic ventilated disc system
Suspension system Double wishbone
Stabilizer Torsion bar

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is probably what a new McLaren F1 should look like - except for the huge wings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My hope is that Honda will follow the lead of Toyota and try to reinvigorating their image and actually make a successor to the NSX. Especially since Honda, of all the Japanese brands, has arguably the richest motorsports pedigree.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Lets not forget Honda's F1 program. Any company that can propel drivers like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost to F1 championships in what is arguably the pinnacle of man and machine working together cant be discredited. Give credit where credit is due.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh Honda why didn't you make this....Now we're stuck with buck-toothed FWD snore-machines. And the S2k is on the outs soon
        • 5 Years Ago
        unfortunately, we can't order new ones anymore, we've only got what dealers have, which is too bad

        rip Honda s2k
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once upon a time, Japanese car companies made really nice (easy on the eyes) cars. Last gen RX7, Supra, NSX, 300ZX etc.. Now all of their designs are really tough to swallow. No disrespect to the mechanicals, the looks of this car, the LF-A and to a lesser extent the GT-R, doesn't exactly grab you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very true. My neighbor was cleaning his mint red supra yesterday before the rain. Most tasteful ground efects I've ever seen on a production car and even the over the top spoiler fit in perfectly. Such a timeless and amazingly hot car. The angle of his garage and various other bits made only the passenger door section visible and I just stopped and gawked at the lines of the roof, a pillar, etc. What an amazing amazing bit of engineering and design, today just as wonderful and correctly penned as the 90s.

        Unintended side effect? The FT-86 looks less hawt to me now. Damn u supra, damn u.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't care much what the FT86 looks like compared to a Supra, since it's there to replace the Celica mostly.

        Hopefully the next Supra will look as good as the old one, or better. If it's got a straight six I'll be trading my IS250 for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Time to write letters to Honda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unless you're in the market for a $100,000 car, what's the point?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing wrong dreaming n00b.
      • 5 Years Ago
      who cares, if they don't plan a road car ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Franz - I'm not being asinine. From the comments we've seen here and through a variety of magazines and from reactions at shows, it would appear that a few really like the LF-A.

        “appealing to a few”

        ^That’s not discounting this car isn’t going to appeal to some people from an exterior design standpoint, to say it appeals to none is asinine.
        IMHO, this thing looks more cohesive.

        If your impression of the car is that most actually really like the look I'd like to know where you're coming from. It’s not a perspective I’m seeing here, in a few ‘rags, and certainly not on the show floor, but that’s only three perspectives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People.. who like to watch awesome cars race... even on islands in the pacific. Also, what a novel idea, if this does make it to production (with nothing indicating it will) - racing a new supercar first (hopefully successfully) then selling it. This thing looks every bit right as the LF-A looks… erm… whatever the polite way of saying odd and appealing to a few is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm in the same narrow minded, idiotic box as sparrk. The one where if a major manufacturer wants to race in a "Production" based series they have to actually produce a street car first.

        There is nothing GT about slapping a red H on the hood of a fantasy car and calling it a Honda. The biggest looser from this is true car enthusiasts, because with this precedent where is the incentive for the other OEMs to produce the next batch of performance cars. Now they can just throw their weight at the officials and show up with what ever made up car that will give them an edge.

        I guess "Racing improves the breed" until your big enough to buy off the officials and show up with what ever you please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The reason Honda is racing this car is because of the new GT500 regulations. The RMR layout is no longer compliant in 2010 and Honda's participation in SuperGT is absolutely essential to the series. Not being able to race the NSX, Honda would have no road cars on which to homologate and compete with, so they were allowed to use their prototype GT concept car.

        I wonder how much the HSV-010/Formula Nippon engine has in common with the HPD/ALMS engine? Same displacement, similar output but the HSV-10 sounds so much better than the ARX-01! Not saying the LMP2 Acura doesn't sound good, but it doesn't sound like this! Then again, SuperGT cars don't have to cover quite as much distance as LMPs do, so maybe they can let this one rev higher knowing that it doesn't have to last 12 or 24 hours of flat out punishment. Fuel consumption is also somewhat less of an issue because of the pit stop window regulations in SuperGT.

        • 5 Years Ago
        As much as I like the LFA, this is the better looking car. It's so easy to like it, compared to the LFA where you have have to stare at it for a while and convince yourself that it's pretty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        thank you, Cypher09 , that was my point . they took advantage of the poorly written rules. it sucks when "production car based racing" has no production car to be based on. i'm sure more manufacturers will do that now, because it's a lot cheaper and they can brag about how good their production cars are because they are winning races.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Comparing the LFA to this hideous monstrosity is like saying a supermodel looks every bit as good as a bulldog's ass.

        The NSX was a hot looking car, one of the best ever I'd say, until they took away the pop-up headlights and made it look like ****.

        Even without all the racing stuff on it, you can tell this is a butt-ugly car. The car has a very goofy looking "face" like the Mazda 3. It's akwardly proportioned, not elegant, and downright stupid looking. I don't know how your perceptions of beauty can be so twisted.

        Your commentary tends to be backwards from any objectivity, and there are those who say that beauty is totally subjective, but it's really not. Beauty, and the perception of beauty originates from a totally objective source. Your source seems to be poisoned.


        People like zamafir seem not to judge by any particular, constant standard. Their opinion seems to be based on shades of gray and built on nothing concrete. Therefore, it'll change and blow in the wind. Objectivity is the only standard to aspire to be able to judge things by. In society we're taught to go in the opposite direction and reinforce subjectivity by saying things like "everyone's entitled to an opinion". But what's an opinion worth if it's based on BS?
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol got it, it just followed my comment and could easily apply to either of us depending on your specific taste as far as this car goes. I hope to god they build this, put whatever u want in it, even a v6, just price it right, and start a new era for honda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike, Toby

        Most of the shots of the LFA are from a terrible angle to shoot a car: dead on from a 30deg angle at the windshield. This is the worst angle for the LFA, and seems to be the most typical picture everyone sees of it. Also, who would buy this car in WHITE?! http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/lexus/photo.aspx?fid=83695&id=E23C16642 No car would look good from that angle, and no one shoots press photos from that angle for a reason!

        From most other angles, and especially in motion, the car does look good.

        Front http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/lexus/photo.aspx?fid=88735&id=E23C16642

        Side http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/lexus/photo.aspx?fid=88727&id=E23C16642

        Rear http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/lexus/photo.aspx?fid=88739&id=E23C16642

        Top down http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/lexus/photo.aspx?fid=83696&id=E23C16642

        And if you're going to defend the Honda by saying it's the racing livery and equipment, http://gazoo.com/racing/english/PhotoGallery/2009_vln4/page2.asp All those cars manage to look decent in theirs. Why can't Honda do it too?
        • 5 Years Ago
        PS Mike

        Unlike you, and other sheep, I don't base my opinions on the opinions of others. I manage to think for myself. You ought to try it some time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let it go, Zamafir. In my experience, the people who refuse to think outside the box are the people who may as well be living in one since they're so narrow minded. I've said it many times before, & I'll say it again because it doesn't stop being true: only an idiot assumes that he's the standard by which all others & all else should be judged. You don't have to like it, but to presume that so one else should is asinine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Zamafir: I wasn't calling you asinine. I wasn't even calling Sparrk asinine. You misunderstand: I basically tried to say to each his own. I was actually agreeing more with you than with sparrk. I actually love the car, despite the fact that there's no production version & can't wait to see it race. I'm kinda blown away that you thought I was attacking you. I really didn't mean to come off like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My Vaporware has a first name. It's H, O, N, D, A. My Vaporware has a second name... It's H, S, V, 0, 1, 0.... LOL!

      I guess this wouldn't even count as vaporware since it's basically the culmination of "Hey guys, we wanted to replace the NSX, but after two failed concepts that received a lukewarm reception, making some production mules that will never see a showroom floor, a bit of disagreement between our design staff as to how it should look, and an economy that's a bit shaky, we're just going to make it a race car instead. Oh yea, and now we're going to go claim how 'green' we are while Toyota mops the floor with us in that department as well."

      James Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful, and with out a doubt a mean ass race car. This could easily be a street legal car, just reduce the fenders and there you go. http://www.ca-lemon-law.com/
      James Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its looking nice. I love honda vehicles! all are unique... really racing.......... http://www.illinoislemonlaw.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS IS A SUPER ENGINE :) ...mabye it have 13000 RPM or even more
        • 5 Years Ago
        Super GT engines are limited to 10,300 rpm. They use them for 4 races.

        And btw autoblog guys, They are homologated formula Nippon engines, not sure if they are the same as the ones used in LMP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i wouldn't be surprised if it did... Take a look at the HP vs. Torque... looks like a typical honda engine
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn you, Honda.

      Damn you. :'-(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would like a production version, but at least bring to ALMS so I can see it in person at Limerock.
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