Honda was well into the development process of an NSX successor when the global economy went south, forcing Honda to shelve the project. The car ultimately became Honda’s HSV-010GT race car, campaigned in the Japanese Super GT Series. That posed a problem, as Super GT cars were supposed to be based on production cars, and the HSV-010GT wasn’t. While not technically illegal, the absence of a road-going version of the HSV-010GT violated the spirit of competition, something Honda president Takanobu Ito hopes to put right. Last Friday, Ito confirmed that Honda has restarted development of a high end sports car based on the HSV-010GT race car.
No details on the vehicle or its development timeline were given, and rumors about the car abound. Some say it will utilize a hybrid drivetrain, while others allege it will be built on a reversed Honda Accord platform to preserve the mid-engine, rear drive layout. The fact is that Honda is keeping development a closely guarded secret, at least for now. There was more good news from Ito last Friday, as well: he indicated that Honda would like to offer both high-end and low-end sports cars to their customers. A successor for the NSX is now confirmed, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that Honda is working on a replacement for the S2000 at the same time.