Honda has announced that it will be entering the FIA GT World Cup at Macau in November with a single NSX GT3 for Dutch driver Renger Van der Zander, promoting the car’s customer programme which begins in 2018.
The 31-year-old Dutchman brings a wealth of Macau experience to the team, having raced on the 6.1-kilometre circuit on eight occasions. He has twice finished inside the top five of the Formula 3 Grand Prix and in 2014 was the runner-up in the GT3 contest.
“I’ve shared a track with the NSX GT3 in the IMSA Sports Car Championship this year and had noticed how stunning it is to look at, so to be able to drive the manufacturer car for Honda at Macau is an incredible opportunity for me,” van Der Zande said.
“Macau is the perfect place to showcase a car like this because the circuit has everything, and with my experience of racing there eight times, I’m sure we can put on a good show for Honda and for the fans. I will test the car in Italy in the coming days and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”
Twelve examples of the car – which scored victories in IMSA and the Pirelli World Challenge in North America this year badged as an Acura before being launched at the Spa 24 Hours this year as a Honda – will be built in time for the 2018 racing season.
Sales and technical support for customers will be provided by HPD in North America, Mugen in Japan and JAS Motorsport in the rest of the world.
The FIA GT World Cup is the most prestigious GT sprint race in the world and brings together more than examples of the finest GT3 racing cars from the world’s top manufacturers and race teams. Stefano Fini of JAS Motorsport will act as team director for the event.