This is the one so many people have been waiting for. Yes its 100% confirmed!
The legendary Esprit Honda NSX from Japan will be competing in the Royal Purple Pro Class at the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge with the equally legendary Tarzan Yamada behind the wheel.
This car is without question the fastest time attack NSX in Japan and is the flagship vehicle of world famous Suzuka based tuning shop Esprit. The car is powered by an 800hp plus turbocharged version of the original V6 engine that is stuffed to the brim with all the best bits.
And this is where it gets really interesting; the engine is also rotated 90 degrees and now has a sequential Hewland transaxle hanging off the rear of it just like the Super GT versions.
This car is seriously fast and won the HKS premium day 2013 in the rear wheel drive class at Fuji Speedway. This is a very good indication of how fast the car will be at Sydney Motorsport Park as both tracks feature a large flowing course that is much more suited to extremely high powered vehicles such as this than a tight, technical circuit like Tsukuba.
The car features an absolutely stunning aero kit that is all made in house by Esprit and is modeled closely off proven Super GT designs and looks absolutely stunning in the stark “all business” white livery.
These guys will be out to show the world what they’ve got as this vehicle has been the subject of many years of development and now, for the first time it will get to strut its stuff on the world stage.
“This is one of the cars we have wanted to see compete from day one” said Superlap CEO Ian Baker, “This car is a work of art to see in the flesh and of course with Tarzan doing the driving is certainly one that we are so excited about and they no doubt will have a crowd ten deep around it before it hits the track in Sydney in October”
“I am really excited to come back to Sydney as I really love Australia” said Tarzan “last year was a very tough year for me after twice winning the title in 2010 and 2011, but team Esprit is a very good team and we will focus on doing our absolute best. The track will suit the Honda and we will represent Japan proudly”
The Esprit team are taking their first venture outside Japan very seriously and are currently ensuring the vehicle complies to WTAC Pro Class regulations and have already made several modifications to suit the 2013 rulebook and hope to be out testing in the coming weeks prior to loading into the container to come down under.
So if you are a Honda fan or indeed even just a JDM fan there will be no better place to be then Sydney Motorsport Park in October.