Honda NSX prototype lapped at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Article by Anita Panait, on August 5, 2013

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.

Honda/Acura 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.

Distinctly designed to provide a ‘New Sports eXperience’ to the supercar segment, the all-new Honda NSX puts to test the existing beliefs about supercars, like how the first generation NSX did so completely over 25 years ago.

When the first Honda NSX premiered in 1989, it totally redefined the supercar segment by providing dramatic supercar designing, dynamics, and performance and changing the supercar landscape in terms of superiority, ergonomics, and comfortability.

By venturing into the usage of cutting-edge technologies, like the lightweight yet sturdy all-aluminum monocoque body and chassis, bred to a mid-mounted transverse V6 engine, the first NSX put to test the orthodoxy of supercar builds. Its high-revving engine highlighted an amount of state-of-the-art production technologies, including forged pistons, VTEC valve train, and titanium connecting rods.

Furthermore, the NSX aimed at a more personalized connection between the driver, car, and the road, followed through sine qua non design components – low vehicle mass, outstanding visibility, high power-to-weight ratio, exceptional ergonomics, a sturdy body supporting a performance-focused chassis, and comprehensible performance. The result – an exemplary interpretation of a supercar.

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Acura NSX Prototype Excites Racing Fans and Sports Car Enthusiasts Alike Lapping Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Prior to Honda Indy 200 Race

A prototype Acura NSX lapped the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio today, just prior to the running of the Honda Indy 200, exciting fans in the state where the NSX is being developed and will be produced, and showcasing the steady progress being made toward the planned 2015 launch of Acura's next-generation, mid-engine supercar.

The Acura NSX prototype lapped the 2.4-mile winding road course, driven by a member of the Ohio-based engineering development team. The NSX prototype sported custom graphics that speak to Acura's intention to go racing with the new NSX.

"With leadership from our R&D and manufacturing teams here in Ohio, we are developing a next generation sports car that will be equally at home on the street and on the race track, so it is natural for us to showcase the prototype vehicle here at Mid-Ohio," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "It is exciting for us to see the prototype running on the track, reflecting the great progress we're making toward the 2015 global launch of the NSX, as we engineer a new sports-car experience for customers around the world."

Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced in 2012 that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two independent motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.

Global development of the NSX is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Raymond, Ohio. The next-generation Acura sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center, now under construction.

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