London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
2 December 2003
Ex-Works 1995 Le Mans Class Winning
1994 HONDA NSX GT2 RACECAR
Chassis No. JHMGT1603T000001
Red racing livery with black racing seat
Engine: V6, Double overhead camshaft, 2,977cc, 400bhp at 7,700rpm; Gearbox: 6 speed Hewland sequential; Suspension; Independent front and rear with double wishbones and coil springs; Brakes: Ventilated discs all round with 6 piston callipers to the front and 4 piston callipers to the rear with BMW F1 ABS system. Left hand drive
The Honda NSX was launched in 1990, amazingly the timeless classic still remains in production today and long may it continue to do so. Revelled by all that have had the privilege of driving the NSX, it is a truly incredible Supercar and unlike offerings from other manufacturers it has no turbos nor does it have a collosal displacement to assist its cause. The simple formula employed by Hondas technicians was to build a car formed of a rugged but lightweight construction, clothed in a lightweight body and housing a highly tuned normally aspirated engine. Chassis development was thorough and even included significant input from triple Formula One champion Ayrton Senna (all three of his titles were won in Honda-powered machinery), the end result is remarkable.
With a successful Formula One program already in progress, Honda opted not to race the NSX initially. The works-entered NSXs first graced the racetrack in 1994 and since then it has achieved much success, taking numerous victories across the globe particularly in the Japanese GT Championship where a Honda NSX took the title laurels in 2000.
When the factory decided to commence the NSX race program they commissioned the renowned chassis constructor John Thompson of 'Thompson Composites' to build the race chassis' (in both GT1 and GT2 form) from a mixture of state of the art Carbon-fibre and aluminium. This car, GT2 chassis number 1 was prepared by the ultra-successful Kremer brothers and raced in the German GT Championship in 1994 where it took 5 pole positions, took three wins and finished 2nd overall in the championship standings. It also competed at Le Mans in 1994 when it was piloted by Armin Hahne and former Le Mans victors Christophe Bouchot and Bertrand Gachot and after a steady run it was placed 14th overall and 5th in the GT2 class. It was then entered into the 1995 Le Mans event by seasoned Japanese campaigner Kunimitsu Takahashi and was the only GT2 NSX entered alongside two turbocharged GT1 NSXs. Despite starting the race late and 6 laps down the Japanese trio of Keiichi Tsuchiya, Akira Iida and entrant Kunimitsu Takahashi drove an inspired race to erode the deficit and took GT2 class honours and 8th position overall ahead of the Corvettes and the usual gaggle of Porsches.
After the race, the car was put on display in a Honda showroom and it remained there until 2000. With the financial backing of Honda Germany it was then decided to run the car in German endurance events. Respected Altschach Motorsport of Austria (with factory assistance) then up-dated the car to the latest specification with a new engine, gearbox and aerodynamic package reading for the 2001 season. The best result achieved in 2001 was at the A1-Ring in Austria where it was driven by Frank Stippler and Karl Wendlinger, they set pole position and finished 2nd overall. For the 2002 season the car was totally revised and the specification improved thanks to the installation of a 6 speed Hewland sequential gearbox, 120 litre long-range fuel tank and new Eibach springs with Dynamics dampers. It has been reliably competed over the last two seasons often driven by original driver Armin Hahne and it remains very competitive. Indeed it is highly eligible for a number of championships and providing that some minor modifications were carried out it would be eligible to race in FIA GT events in the NGT class or in the ALMS in the GT class.
Benefitting from a recent repaint to Honda red and aggressively poised on new 18 inch BBS alloy wheels it is almost impossible to believe that the car is nearly 10 years old. The condition of this 'turn-key' racer is described as being without fault, it has never been in an accident and is fully serviced and ready to enjoy. Offered with the car is the homologation documentation and a huge spares package including an engine, gearbox components, bodypanels and much more. Significantly the spares package has enough parts to build another car and includes a chassis (with roadcar papers) and all the moulds necessary to build all components for GT1, GT2 and GT3 NSXs - please note that the spares package will not be present at the sale and collection of the spares is at the buyers expense. This is not just an opportunity to buy a hugely important racecar but, with the spares included, it is an opportunity to acquire a huge part of the racing history of the Honda NSX. Full race history and a detailed breakdown of the spares package can be provided by Christie's upon request. Ideal either to race or display as a collection centrepiece this is a rare opportunity not to be missed and thus deserves close inspection.
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