The Newest NSX Race Car Has Its Engine in the Front

Same look, new layout.

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The 2020 season will be the first that sees the German DTM series and Japan's Super GT adhere to a unified set of regulations, dubbed "Class One." This will allow the two series to compete against each other in a number of shared races, since the cars will be equivalent.

A major part of the regs relates to the layout of the cars. Every car needs to be front engined, rear-wheel drive, and powered by a 2.0 liter turbo four. That engine is already a big change, since none of the cars that compete in either series–BMW M4, Audi RS5, Aston Martin Vantage, Toyota Supra, Nissan GT-R, Honda NSX–run that sort of engine on the road.

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But the layout is the biggest thing for the NSX. The past few years, Honda has gotten a waiver to run a mid-engine car in Super GT, and had previously said that they'd be hoping to get one to run a mid-engine NSX when Class One debuted for 2020.

Seems Honda changed its mind. Today, the company unveiled an NSX race car with an engine in the front Otherwise, it looks a lot like an NSX. There isn't really a way to tell that the engine isn't out back, other than the new sidepipes. This is not a final version, which means it won't be testing with the updated GT-R and new Supra tomorrow.

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