The Acura NSX prototype completed a lap at the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, just before the start of the Honda Indy 200. The completed lap underscores the progress being made towards the 2015 launch of the Honda NSX prototype, the carmaker’s next-generation, mid-engine supercar. Honda is aiming to develop a vehicle that boasts of supercar capabilities while featuring advanced environmental performance.
The Honda NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine that is paired to Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system. Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a three-motor high-performance hybrid system that merges torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency by employing three electric motors.
One of the motors is integrated with the V6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, while the remaining two powers the front wheels.
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD allows sudden delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, allowing one to reach a new level of driving performance unmatched by current AWD systems. Engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio are leading the development of the NSX, which will be built at the carmaker’s still being-built Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio.