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Honda HSV-10 GT (2010) first official pictures

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800

The NSX is dead. Long live the NSX. After cancelling a proposed NSX successor, Honda has converted the abandoned road car project into a racer and created this SuperGT competitor, the HSV-10 GT.

Yes. Back in 2008 CAR’s spies snapped the front-engined road car testing at the Nurburgring, but in the midst of worldwide recession Honda put the project on hold. But rather than wasting all its research work, Honda'sR&D team used the basis of the car to create a racer that can compete in the GT500 class of Japan’s SuperGT endurance series.

The racer remains front-engined, but the road car’s V10 has been ditched in favour of a naturally aspirated, dry-sumped, 3.4-litre V8 originally developed for Formula Nippon single seaters – the engine puts out over 500bhp and at least 289lb ft. The HSV-10 GT weighs 1100kg, has double wishbone suspension all round, and features paddles for the gearbox mounted on the steering wheel. We love it – we'll even forgive the fact that HSV stands for Honda Sports Velocity – but Honda is adamant that it won't create a road-going version of the racer. Pity.

By Ben Pulman