Honda NSX racer rendered for the first time

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

This is the first image of Honda's NSX racer that has been released. While it is true that Honda's flagship sports car is being seriously considered for production, it's possible that it is preparing a race version codenamed HSV-010.

This vehicle is slated to participate in next year's Japan Super GT Series. Also, it is possible that it will have the same front engine, rear drive layout as the road version, but it will most likely not use 4WD.

According to a Honda insider, when the announced that it was canceling the NSX project in late 2008, an R&D team was actually testing the car at Suzuka Circuit.

At the time the car was canceled, it was actually complete and ready for the road. Meanwhile, Honda has been fine-tuning the car for racing ever since the production version proposal was scrapped.

The NXS race was actually intended for the track. At the November issue of Japan Auto Federation's motorsports booklet and the listing for next year's GT500 class, it was clearly stated that a special Honda machine named the HSV-010 will compete in next year's championship.

What this means is that Honda will be racing with a car that is not based on a road-going car, a first for the company and rare in this sport. Its main rival will be the Nissan GT-R.

Acura NSX Concept is based on the carmaker’s vision of the type of vehicle it wants to bring to the market. The current NSX Concept still has the wide and low stance as well as the attractive and dynamic proportions that the world has seen on the first NSX Concept launched at the North American International Auto Show in 2012.

New NSX Concept has the simple, clean, and sophisticated surfaces and the avant-garde details that hint at the high tech feel and attitude of the car. The new concept car also gives customers a peek into what the interiors of the next Acura NSX would look like.

The designs of the interior follow the "Human Support Cockpit" philosophy, which is a testament to the carmaker’s product direction and is focused on man and machine working together. The interior provides amazing visibility, a different driving position, and a simple sports interface that does away with clutter, letting the driver focus on driving.

Acura Design Studio chief designer Jon Ikeda says that they intended to support the emotional and psychological elements of super car driving as well as the harmonious working together of machine and man. Ikeda reiterates that this is how it will feel to drive an Acura from here on.

Acura has earlier revealed that the NSX will be propelled by a direct injection V6 engine that will be mid-mounted. This engine will work with the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system to help enhance its dynamic capabilities and environmental friendliness.

The Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a hybrid system that brings together torque vectoring all-wheel drive and advanced efficiency by using a trio of electric motors. Two of these motors will drive the front wheels while one motor will work with the V-6 engine. The high-performance system will also have a dual-clutch transmission and will deliver positive or negative torque to the front wheels when you are cornering.

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