Honda HSV-010 GT Race Car Officially Announced for Super GT Series


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)
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