Honda to build new NSX at Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio

Article by Anita Panait, on May 16, 2013

Honda will build the all-new NSX supercar at its new Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio, United States. The Performance Manufacturing Centre is a $70-million advanced production site that covers 184,000 square feet and will be contained inside Honda’s former North American Logistics plant. The site will be Honda’s third auto plant in Ohio and will be located proximately to Honda R&D Americas’s Ohio Centre that is engineering the supercar for production.

It is also adjacent to Honda of America Manufacturing’s Marysville Auto Plant. It is likewise close to Honda Engineering North America, which is responsible for development of new production technologies. The Performance Manufacturing Centre will have around a hundred-strong highly skilled associates who will be sourced from within Honda’s existing operations in Ohio. Honda will also assemble the NSX’s powertrain in Ohio at its engine plant in Anna.

The all-new NSX will carry a Honda badge in Europe and Acura in the US. It is being developed by a global R&D team that is led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles, California, and Raymond, Ohio. Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus will be leading the global team for the new NSX while Honda of America associate chief engineer Clement D’ Souza will be leading the team that will bring NSX to volume production in 2015.

D’Souza remarked that the new Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio will be as unique as the vehicle that will be built there. He said in creating the plan for Performance Manufacturing Centre, they carefully considered each process and determined the “perfect blend” of associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to manufacturing.

The body of the NSX has those classic wide and low proportions. These are then paired to the front design that is clearly more aggressive, tail lights that honor the first NSX, and the attractive surfacing. Its well-known side intake is still there and when combined with the floating C-pillar, it is able to accumulate air to cool the mid-mounted engine.

The combination also channels the airflow above the deck in the rear and thus increases the downforce. Powering this new model is the twin-turbo V9 engine paired to the 9-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). However, in order to fit this inside the NSX, it was necessary to increase the length of the production version by 3 inches compared to the NSX Concept unveiled in 2012.

Width was increased as well by 1 inch. Further, it also has a more cab-forward package. Looking at how the exterior of the body has been designed, each element was fashioned to allow for total airflow management. The goal was to ensure the cooling of vehicle systems and at the same time improve the stability of the downforce.

This was a result of the extensive testing which the NSX underwent at the brand’s very own highly advanced wind tunnel at a facility in Raymond, Ohio. Indeed, there are a number of key changes between the concept model and the final body design. Examples include the enhanced hood vents, optimized deck spoiler, improved side air intakes, and new fender vents in the front.

NSX exterior design project leader Michelle Christensen shared that NSX is the result of what the brand calls as “Interwoven Dynamic” design. This is the best example of mixing the function of a supercar with the form of an exotic sports car, she continued. Meanwhile NSX interior design project leader Johnathan Norman revealed that in line with the development concept known as the “human-centered supercar,” the NSX was developed starting on the inside with a focus on the driver.

Similar to the first NSX that was released, the new model has the “Human Support Cockpit,” he added. Norman continued and said that this gives the driver excellent control with exceptional packaging and visibility. He also said that for the new model, this was improved further in order to be able to meet what customers expect in terms of performance from a modern supercar.

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