3 Race NSXs You Need To See

The most compelling part of the Honda Collection Hall at Twin Ring Motegi is without a doubt the top level of the museum. It’s an entire floor dedicated to some of race cars and race bikes that helped cement Honda as the most successful Japanese manufacturer in motorsport.

And while the glorious F1 cars from the ’60s right up to the early 2000s are an inspiring sight to say the least, it’s these three NSXs that I wanted to share with you.

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With a production period that spanned 15 years, the NSX went through a variety of guises as a street car, but even more so as a racing machine.

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Most notably, it battled against Japan’s best in the JGTC (now called Super GT), Super Taikyu, and with the red 1995 car you see here – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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1995 was the year that Honda entered two turbocharged NSXs in the GT1 class of the iconic French endurance race to battle with the mighty McLaren F1.

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Both Honda entries didn’t do too well though; one had clutch issues that put it out of the race just seven laps in, and the other was so far behind by the 24th hour that it didn’t even classify as a finisher.

It was the third entered NSX, this very car, that made Honda proud. With three of the best drivers Japan had at the time, they finished eighth overall and won the GT2 class.

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The car weighed in at 1,050kg and boasted only 390PS.

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Another rare racing version of the NSX is the Raybrig #100 car. This NSX was built in 1996 to participate in the International GT Endurance Series, which these days is known as the FIA GT series.

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The car was similar to the GT2 Le Mans entry with gently widened fenders rather than a full wide-body. It also sported a fixed headlight conversion, replacing the pop-up units found on the production car.

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The real cool era for the NSX began in 1997 when Dome and Mugen created these far more aggressively styled cars for the JGTC GT500 class. Dome handled the chassis, composites, aerodynamics and team management, while Mugen took care of the engine.

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Many people will argue that this was the best year, style-wise, for the NA1 NSX. While extreme, it still looked like a pumped street car!

Behind the car was this glorious C32B engine that Mugen built for the 2000 season. It boasted a capacity of 3.5-liters and managed to develop “over” 480PS, as the specs always read on GT cars.

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And here’s a look down into the carbon airbox and the velocity stacks for the six throttle body setup. And just like a naturally aspirated F1 engine, the injectors are set over the trumpets.

Now, I’m sure you’ll all be off to YouTube to hunt out videos of these cars in action, and ideally screaming away at full RPM!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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1

They are beautiful to watch on the ''stage'' but tbh I would rather watch them on track :/

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

Well the Nismo Festival is always a good place to see and hear old race Nissans out on track. Honda should do the same with their vast collection of cars. They actually had a cool event like that when Motegi first opened, it was ace hearing all those old F1 cars blasting down the main straight.

3

When i saw the avex liveried NSX, initial d was the first thing i could think of :V

Author4
Dino Dalle Carbonare

I just have the Japanese Avex Trax jingle from the commercials running through my head lol

5

95 was my first Le mans and that GT2 car was one of the highlights

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's wild! That needs to be printed and hanged on a wall!

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These custom names was always ultra-cool thing when I was playing GT2 years back. Just like nowadays Nakai giving names for their creations. Raygryg NSX, Taevon Trampio FTO, Unisia Jecs Skyline, Pennzoil Nismo, Kure R33- that was making these cars even more precious.

I never found/won strangely named Supra, but seen it in starting grid (as opponent) Cedeema Cerrumo Supra?
good times, great game....

Author9
Dino Dalle Carbonare

The names were and still area a combination of the Team name along with the main sponsors

10
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

Between the NSX, Skyline GT-R and Supra that entered Le Mans, only the Honda won its class, right?

11

Yeah

12
Jose Manuel Suarez

Those three cars reminds me when Gran Turismo was a cool racing game.

13

Injectors over the trumpets??!! You mean fuel injectors right? If so, why do they inject fuel from outside the Intake? Why not from the side as usual?

14

Because at high rpm the velocity of the intake flow is much higher, and if you want proper fuel atomization with port fuel injection you have to inject the fuel farther away from the intake port. That way it has more time to properly atomize into the incoming air stream.

15

Often a race car would run both. At high engine speeds the additional time required for the fuel traveling further to the combustion chamber is critical for good atomization.

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Mark Joseph I. Argoso

Hard to believe that a GT4 car today can, if sent back in time, have a shot at winning GT2 in 1995. 390PS seems like a whole lot less power than I thought these cars packed.

Also, I've never seen that particular build of NSX with the Raybrig car. International GT Endurance Series. I assume this is a different tier to the BPR Global GT, right?

17
ReallyForeverAlone

I wish they also had the Arta and Takata NA2 NSX-GTs there.

18

I started to know about JGTC (Super GT) in 2000 through my brother's car magazine. I always in love with the NSXs pictured in there, and also the Skylines. My favorite is the green Takata Dome NSX, the orange Autobacs NSX, and the blue Calsonic Skyline.

19

They're absolutely stunning. I feel like each of them deserves a separate article. Hope to see something about the NSX GT1 one day here too.

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