Honda NSX development back on track!

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 5, 2011

The general belief is that the supercar segment has become stronger after suffering the effects of the worldwide economic crisis but for proof, it’s best to take a closer look at the specific affected vehicles. For example, the Honda NSX is rumored to soon hit the streets. A report from Japanese Nostalgic Car revealed that Honda's president Takashi Ito confirmed that work on the supercar is being restarted.

But before the fans celebrate, Honda’s track record doesn’t exactly make it trustworthy.

It can be recalled that a few years ago, Honda presented the HSV-010 project, with hopes of creating a NSX successor. Honda had already even shown a racing incarnation of the vehicle, which was meant for the Japanese Super GT Series. But the project was shelved.

That’s why it would be best to wait for further development before we bring out the champagne. If Honda is actually serious this time to build the NSX, it would have to build up its game as there’s intense competition from the Nissan GT-R in this segment. 

If people are wondering how Acura’s next performance vehicle would look like, they should catch a glimpse of the Acura NSX Concept, which runs on a mid-mounted V6 engine and makes use of lightweight materials. It also employs an array of new technologies for Acura, like an application of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system.

This technology uses 2-Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels when the vehicle is cornering. Acura expects the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD to provide a handling performance not seen on previous AWD systems.

Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., remarked that with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the NSX could become Acura's ultimate expression of its schemes to create synergy between man and machine.

He added that Acura NSX will become one with its driver to improve dynamic driving abilities without being a disruption. The Acura NSX Concept is powered by a next-generation VTEC V-6 engine -- with direct-injection – mated to a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor.

This setup allows the Acura to deliver supercar acceleration and superior efficiency. Unlike most supercars that rely on large engine for superior power and performance, the Acura NSX Concept opts to adhere to the racing philosophy of having a favorable power-to-weight ratio.

Ito remarked that like the original NSX, Acura will try to convey high performance through engineering efficiency. Ito added that a supercar like the NSX should not just offer a fun to drive spirit but also respond to environmental responsibilities.

Development of the production version of the Acura NSX will be handled by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. The supercar is expected to make its debut in the next three years, with production set to be held at an unnamed site in Ohio.

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