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2010-01-19 09:26
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Honda
Model HSV-010 GT
Engine 3.4l V8
Power 368kW
Torque 392Nm
Transmission Paddle-shift
Weight 1 100kg
Tyres Front: 330/40R18, rear: 330/45R17
You’ve got to feel for Honda. Last year they saw BrawnGP capitalise on years of Honda’s hard earned development work to win both the F1 constructors' and drivers' championships.

For a company like Honda, with a significant motorsport heritage, this was not a happy state of affairs.

The roadcar division, too, has seen an unhappy time of late. Honda’s fabled S2000 roadster finished production last year (without a replacement) and the much vaunted second generation NSX supercar was also canned the year before – or was it really?

NSX in all but name

Built to conform to 2010 GT500 regulations, Honda’s HSV-010 GT racer is expected to debut on the 20th of March at the Suzuka circuit, in the season opening race of the Japanese SuperGT series.

We’ll leave you to peruse the gallery and draw your own conclusions concerning the styling. You would have to embrace rather eclectic aesthetics to regard it as anything other than simply stunning though.

Louvred air intakes running along the curve of the front wheel arches and even some blue-hued LED illumination in those headlights. HSV’s styling is simply epic.

Old school Honda V8 power?

Under the striking surfacing is a traditionally high-revving Honda engine. The layout curiously places the engine behind the fore axle yet ahead of the cabin, despite the HSV’s mid-engine proportions.

Displacing 3.4l, the 32-valve dry sump lubricated V8 is codenamed HR10EG and sports radically oversquare internal architecture – bore is 93mm versus a stoke depth of only 62.5mm…

Honda is coy about releasing details on the HSV engine’s piston speed ceiling, though you can expect the peak power output of 368kW to be achieved at stratospheric engine speeds. 

Maximum torque value is 392Nm, which might appear quite a bit less than the power peak numericall - yet it's par for the course when you factor in engine size and the naturally aspirated track-based application.

Rear wing is mad - even by Nipponese standards. Generously sized single-exit central exhaust should ensure chilling acoustic resonance.

Soichiro would approve

Pressuring those four Bridgestone Potenza racing slicks with only 1 100kg, the HSV should be a startlingly quick track car.

Each wheel corner features double-wishbone suspension too, which should guarantee superb agility, and behind those gorgeous golden mags hide ventilated disc brakes all-round.

You could label this HSV the ultimate product tease from Honda – especially since the company cancelled the NSX replacement two years ago.

On some level though, it’s heartening to see something this striking racing in Honda colours.

If you are a local Honda high-performance acolyte, you could always start booking flights and accommodation for the third weekend in March to witness (and hear) the HSV's race debut at Suzuka.

Just an idea...


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