Honda Racing has officially announced the HSV-010 GT will join Japan’s Super GT racing series this year, releasing a huge selection of photos for those who just can’t get enough of the car. Based on the discontinued NSX replacement (yup, we’re still crying about it too), the HSV-010 is powered by a 3.4-liter V8 that makes 500-ish horsepower and 289 ft-lbs of torque. While the road car was expected to be powered by a V10 and get AWD, this race car is RWD and the V8 engine is thought to be a version of the V8 found in the Acura ARX ALMS cars.
Thanks to a stripped-down interior and bountiful use of carbon fiber, the HSV-010 weighs just 2,424 lbs.
The car will debut on May 20-21st during the season opener, with four cars expected to compete.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that a successful racing season might make Honda reconsider a road version of the car. Then again, the HSV-010 will be up against some very steep competition in the Super GT series, including several race-prepped Nissan GT-Rs.
GALLERY: Honda Racing HSV-010 GT
Official release after the jump:
PRESS RELEASE 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)|
|Vehicle weight (kg)||1,100 or more|
|Configuration||Liquid-cooled, naturally aspirated, longitudinal V8|
|V angle (°)||90|
|Valve train||Gear-driven DOHC: 2 intake and 2 exhaust valves per cylinder|
|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|
|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)|
|Brake type and mechanism||Hydraulic ventilated disc system|
|Suspension system||Double wishbone|