Rumours are swirling in Tokyo that Honda will revive its stillborn new NSX project and race the car in Japan's premier Super GT tin-top race series next year.
However, it is far from clear whether the race car will be a precursor to the road car project being restarted, either using this prototype as a basis or from scratch according to Honda's new agenda of producing environmentally focused cars.
The new car, front engined and V8 powered, is expected to be called Honda HSV-010. Honda has only confirmed that the name has been registered with the Japan Automobile Federation and that a formal announcement on the car and Honda's racing plans for 2010 will be announced "early next year".
Honda recently retired the original mid-engined NSX after 13 seasons of works-backed support in Super GT (and before that, the All Japan GT Championship). While Honda confirmed it would race again in Super GT in 2010, it didn't say which car it would use.
An announcement was expected after the last Super GT round at Motegi in November but that never came.
Now credible reports suggest that Honda will go with the car that would have been the "new NSX" until it was abruptly cancelled in winter 2008 due to the economic crisis, around the same time Honda also quit Formula One.
Honda had been planning a hi-tech, front-engined super-coupe with V10 power to replace the NSX, as a riposte to Lexus's LFA. The car had been widely seen testing at the Nurburgring and reputedly was setting strong times.