Honda has made clear its intentions to take the NSX racing, both in its home country of Japan, and America, and with the announcement of a new technical partnership today that becomes a step closer to reality.
In a statement today, Honda Performance Development and Magneti Marelli S.p.A. have announced a technical partnership to co-develop new components for use in racing. Magneti Marelli is perhaps best know for manufacturing components that control robotized manual transmissions, from dual-clutch versions on street cars, to racing versions on Formula One cars.
Initially the two entities will work on development of powertrain component for use in Honda’s future IndyCar open wheel race cars, though from there it will extend to sports car racing, including the future combined American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am series, as well as even the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
While Honda has yet to confirm this road racing plan includes the Acura NSX, it’s a major hint. Honda’s mention of the WEC is also a clear indication that the Japanese automaker intends to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is one of the eight races in that series.