of steering input required, you quickly see
just how much the electric drive helps pull
the car down to the apex of the turn.
Going in, I anticipated that the added
weight of a hybrid system would numb
the car’s handling; in reality, the entire
system is almost transparent on the track.
The place where the NSX really shines is
corner exit. As you roll in more throttle,
the car pulls effortlessly off of the turn,
clicks through gears in the blink of an eye
and rapidly propels you to what lies ahead.
Real Time Racing Pirelli World Challenge
GT driver Ryan Eversley was on hand to
brief us on the NSX GT3, but also took part
in the NSX track sessions.
“This is my fourth time driving the
street NSX, and every time has been on a
racetrack,” says Eversley. “The thing is just
fast. The first time I drove it, I didn’t realize
how much capability there was in the
all-wheel-drive system – that you could
really push on it, and it would reward you.”
While the street version is comfortable
and very capable on the track, make no
mistake, the racecar is a different level.
“They are so different in what their
capabilities are,” says Eversley, comparing
the NSX to his GT3-spec racer. “The
racecar just has so much more grip than
the street car. You have massive tires,
massive wings, floors – it’s just two
different worlds. But it’s cool to see that
the racecar still very much resembles the
street car; when they’re sitting side by
side, it literally looks like we bolted a
gigantic wing on a street car.”
Which brings us to driving the NSX
GT3 racecar... If you’re wondering why it
seems like every time you click on
RACER.com, another series is adopting
FIA GT3 specs, drive one.
For race series that live and die by
the gentleman racers they attract – as
in, the guy who writes the check and
shares the ride with a paid professional
– the FIA GT3 spec car is the answer.
The NSX GT3 is deceptively fast,
without the (minimal) pitch and yaw of
the street car, thanks to its purpose-built
race suspension, sticky slick tires and
aerodynamic additions. It feels poised,
solid and – key for the range of driving
talents who’ll get behind the wheel when
customer versions go on sale – inspires
confidence. Where it might have taken
a full session to push the limits of the
street version, the racecar begs for more,
immediately. It makes you feel like a pro.
Where the steering felt a touch overly
sensitive on the street version, the GT3
spec feels precise, with just the right
amount of effort required. And no matter
how fast you enter a turn, you’re pretty
Real TIme Racing’s PWC GT ace Ryan
Eversley is always ready to show what
his Acura NSX GT3 is capable of, and also
took advantage of some seat time in
the street version of the NSX (BELOW).
TIME TO GET REAL
(TOP RIGHT) Ryan
Eversley and RACER’s
Jason Isley compare
RIGHT) The “civilian”
version of the NSX is
just as comfortable
on the track as it is
out on the road.