Honda is back in the ADAC GT Masters: The successful ADAC TCR Germany Fugel Sport team from Chemnitz broadens its commitment and returns the NSX GT3 to the German GT Championship after a two-year hiatus. The NSX GT3 is one of over 30 sports cars from eight manufacturers that will compete in the ADAC GT Masters in the 2021 season. Dominik Fugel unveiled the team’s plans Sunday exclusively at PS on Air – The Ravenol ADAC GT Masters Talk.
“The idea came to us last year. In the ADAC GT Masters, the power density is extremely high with 30 vehicles in one second. This is something every driver dreams about,” Vogel said in an interview with Patrick Simon on the first episode of PS on Air in 2021. It was done. Former TCR driver upgraded to ADAC GT Masters with NSX GT3 and is the first to stand in Japanese sports pilot for Team Saxony.
The mid-engine sports car is a new area for Fugel: “I have never driven a GT and our team has no GT racing experience. But the foundation is good. The car is good, as evidenced by the great successes of the NSX GT3 in the US. It would be nice. Participation in one or another of the podium races in the Pirelli Junior Ranking ”.
Dominik Fugel and Fugel Sport, starting with the Honda ADAC Sachsen name, have been a staple of ADAC TCR Germany over the past few years. With Honda, the team has initially been in ADAC TCR, Germany since the first season of 2016. Dominic Vogel can also look back at four years in the series and end his most successful season in 2020. The former ADAC Sport Rider organization won four races last year, With a total of seven wins, he is one of the most successful drivers in the series after the victory. Vogel was competing for the title until the Oschersleben Final in November. Ultimately, he finished the third season, while his younger brother Marcel won the Honda Junior Challenge.
Fugel will retire Honda in Italy in ten days
The Honda NSX GT3 was last seen at the ADAC GT Masters in 2018, when Schubert Motorsport sent a Honda. For the 2019 season, the sports car manufactured by JAS Motorsport in Italy received a comprehensive update for the “Evo”, and the Italians revised the aerodynamics and gave more power to the engine. In the GT3 version, Honda is ditching the integrated hybrid drive as standard, and the rear wheels are powered by six centrally mounted cylinders. The V6 engine, powered by two 3.5-liter turbochargers, delivers more than 500 hp.
In early February, Fugel acquired the NSX GT3 in Italy. “The car will be manufactured by JAS Motorsport near Milan, where we will then implement a short period of time. So the plan is to drive as many kilometers as possible to get to know Honda.”
Who will partner Fugel with Honda is currently still open. “We are talking to different knights, but nothing specific yet,” says Vogel.
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