Honda’s production NSX may still be two years away but its evil-twin racing variant is here, now, and ready to compete in the GT500 class of the 2014 Japanese SUPER GT Series.

The NSX CONCEPT-GT is a dedicated racing car based on the NSX Concept that made its world debut at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit, but unlike the forthcoming production car, the CONCEPT-GT is built to GT500 regulations.

That means it’s powered by a mid-mounted 2.0-litre direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo engine together with a KERS hybrid system which harvests energy under braking.

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Competitors in next year’s Super GT Series GT500 class are at Suzuka Circuit this afternoon for the first of many shakedowns.

Joining Honda’s CONCEPT-GT will be the Lexus entry based on the Lexus LF-CC which made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The LF-CC racer will replace the Lexus SC 430, currently used in Super GT races and as with Honda’s NSX CONCEPT-GT will precede a road car – in this case the coupé version of the recently launched Lexus IS.

Lexus-LF-CC-GT-Prototype-racerLexus will Compete in 2014 Japanese Super GT Series with this LF-CC derived GT prototype.