Honda’s representative in the 16th season of the Japan Automobile Federation Super GT Championship, the 2009 NSX GT500 competed in the top class of Super GT racing for the 13th straight campaign. A heavily-modified version of Honda’s breakthrough NSX sports car, it continued to be produced a full four years after the road car had been replaced on the production lines.
It first appeared in GT500 in 1997 and over the subsequent 13 years competed against other racing legends including the Nissan Skyline, Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra and McLaren F1 GTR (the design of which it greatly influenced). During that time it racked up 50 poles, 37 race wins and carried off two Drivers’ Championships and two Team Championships.
The 2009 season yielded two race victories, with the #8 ARTA NSX triumphing at Mt. Fuji and Motegi. While the car’s drivers, Ralph Firman and Takuya Izawa, fell 7 points short of giving the NSX the ultimate Super GT send off, their Motegi win did ensure the car prevailed in its final outing.
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