Acura – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:49:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Porsche Finds Out Honda Bought a 911 GT3, Leaves Friendly Note in Car http://www.automobilemag.com/news/porsche-finds-out-honda-bought-911-gt3-leaves-kind-note-car/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/porsche-finds-out-honda-bought-911-gt3-leaves-kind-note-car/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:31:15 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=971601 We figure the typical Porsche 911 GT3 buyer can be described one of two ways:  a track enthusiast looking to add to his or her collection or a 911 fan who thinks the standard model just isn’t enough. But sometimes, the customer is actually the competitor. This was the case when Honda bought a 911...

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We figure the typical Porsche 911 GT3 buyer can be described one of two ways:  a track enthusiast looking to add to his or her collection or a 911 fan who thinks the standard model just isn’t enough. But sometimes, the customer is actually the competitor. This was the case when Honda bought a 911 GT3 from Porsche, who wouldn’t let the sale go unnoticed.

In a recent story from Automotive News, Honda’s Nick Robinson details how Porsche found out his team purchased a 911 GT3. It looked like the automaker’s efforts to buy the vehicle in secret were initially successful, that is until the GT3 was recalled and needed repairs. Honda’s development team took the GT3 in to fix an issue with the engine connecting rods.

It’s certainly not unusual for automakers to buy a competitor’s vehicle for testing purposes. Honda had apparently purchased the Porsche to benchmark it against the Acura NSX supercar, examining the steering characteristics of its rival. Of course, Porsche was meant to think the buyer was just an average customer. But Porsche quickly discovered something was up, presumably while looking at the car’s black box data.

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Porsche left a kind little note under the engine cover of the car when returning it. “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side,” it read.

Honda had apparently also bought a McLaren 12C while developing the NSX. Even after taking it to the dealership a few times, McLaren never really caught on, Honda says. Oops, that is until now.

“They wanted to know, where did you go 205 mph? What track?” the vehicle dynamics project leader for Honda told AN.

The 911 GT3 is a track-focused car, and the McLaren 12C produces more power than the NSX, which puts out a total of 573 hp from its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 and three electric motors. Perhaps the rumored Acura NSX Type R will more closely match its European rivals? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Acura NSX Type R Hinted For Production http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-type-r-hinted-production/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-type-r-hinted-production/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:18:22 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=968563 Acura’s 2017 Acura NSX’s development spanned almost ten years, with no less than three different almost finished designs being scrapped at the final hour. Finally, after years of anticipation and promises, Acura is finally handing the keys to the company’s newest supercar to its eagerly awaiting customers. The final car features a hybrid all-wheel-drive setup...

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Acura’s 2017 Acura NSX’s development spanned almost ten years, with no less than three different almost finished designs being scrapped at the final hour. Finally, after years of anticipation and promises, Acura is finally handing the keys to the company’s newest supercar to its eagerly awaiting customers. The final car features a hybrid all-wheel-drive setup coupled to a twin-turbo V-6 engine developing 573 hp. Yet, Acura won’t be complacent and rest on its laurels, as confirmed by the NSX’s development boss Nick Robinson.

As of this moment, the NSX is a big, heavy, technical monster of a car. Its near 4,000-pound curb weight has been a subject of debate in terms of performance. As such, rumors of a hardcore, lighter Type R have circled for months. Now Robinson has seemingly admitted to it being in the pipeline telling Autocar, “In North America, We’ve just unveiled the GT3 version of the car, and the development team of the street car has had some involvement in its development. What works well on the track will inform future iterations and updates of the street car and vice versa.”

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The NSX team has also benefited from Honda’s motorcycle racing efforts in the construction and technical tweaking of the NSX. Robinson added, “For many years our motorcycle development teams have strived to ensure the optimum centralization of mass, ensuring the lowest possible center of gravity. This leads to the best possible yaw response.” Where this technical know-how comes into play is likely to inform the position of the NSX’s batteries and hybrid motors.

A Type R could follow the GT3’s formula, ditching the heavy hybrid and AWD systems in favor for a rear-wheel drive setup. But unlike the naturally-aspirated engine in the GT3 car, it would likely stick with the same twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, possibly with over 600 hp. It would also have further weight reductions and use more carbon-fiber materials.

A production date for the NSX Type R is still up for speculation as Acura has kept the project close to the vest. But given that there’s a rumor that the NSX is sold out for the next two years, a Type R wouldn’t likely be seen until 2019.

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Report: Acura NSX Lineup Could Add Type R, EV, Roadster http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-honda-plans-diversified-nsx-lineup/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-honda-plans-diversified-nsx-lineup/#respond Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:57:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=966705 Taking a page from Ferrari’s playbook, Honda might create a diversified lineup for its NSX supercar. According to a report from Autocar, the hybrid coupe is considered a “platform,” and not just a one-off exercise in design and performance. Autocar apparently nabbed this information from NSX boss Ted Klaus. The report claims Honda is considering...

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Taking a page from Ferrari’s playbook, Honda might create a diversified lineup for its NSX supercar. According to a report from Autocar, the hybrid coupe is considered a “platform,” and not just a one-off exercise in design and performance.

Autocar apparently nabbed this information from NSX boss Ted Klaus. The report claims Honda is considering a wide array of variants, including a roadster, a lightweight track-day special, and a slew of alternative powertrain configurations, including a non-hybrid and all-electric model. Autocar reports that one of the variants will wear Honda’s vaunted “Type R” badge. This further lends credence to earlier Type R rumors we reported on back in March.

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To recap, the NSX is currently only available in one configuration. A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine sends power to the rear wheels through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, paired with three individual electric motors, bringing the total power output up to 573 hp.

The NSX is considered a very significant product investment, and serves as the standard bearer for Honda’s return to the performance segment. This diversification is a smart move on Honda’s part, as not doing so would be akin to leaving a whole heap of cash on the table, and it makes full use of the Honda Performance Manufacturing facility in Ohio. Success in the supercar segment nowadays dictates a sundry lineup, with convertibles, special editions, and hardcore performance variants being the industry standard.

We already caught a glimpse of Honda’s future intentions, beginning with the both the lightweight NSX and the all-electric NSX that charged up Pikes Peak earlier this year. The rest can’t come soon enough.

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Outside of Time: Driving the Clarion Builds 1991 Acura NSX http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1991-acura-nsx-clarion-builds/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1991-acura-nsx-clarion-builds/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:00:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=964529 In just six months, the Clarion Builds program took a 1991 Acura NSX with 229,000 miles and breathed life into something both tuner geeks and Honda traditionalists would happily trade a kidney for. Nearly every inch of the car has either been upgraded or replaced with original OEM parts, yielding a fabulous blend of modern...

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In just six months, the Clarion Builds program took a 1991 Acura NSX with 229,000 miles and breathed life into something both tuner geeks and Honda traditionalists would happily trade a kidney for. Nearly every inch of the car has either been upgraded or replaced with original OEM parts, yielding a fabulous blend of modern performance and faithful restoration.

It wasn’t supposed to shake out like this. For years I’ve lusted after the legendary purity and simplicity of the original Acura NSX — the mid-engine exotic that rocked the 1990s, the humble Honda that sent Italy into a frenzy. Senna’s supercar.

It feels a little like cheating that my first time driving an NSX is in this, the ultimate fantasy NSX for the modern day.

So be it. If cheating feels this good, I’ll cut every corner.

Visually, the Clarion NSX flirts just enough with the JDM tuner look to catch the eye but dodge judgment and dismissal. Custom 19-inch RAYS wheels — savagely huge compared the stock 15-inch fronts and 16-inch rears — give the car somewhat of a slammed stance, but their unique smoky bronze finish ties the whole look together. Aftermarket supplier Downforce supplied the carbon-fiber NSX-R hood, trunk, spoiler and diffuser. The gorgeous blue paint contrasts handsomely with the black door and window surrounds, but the real achievement here is the car’s visual harmony. I didn’t even notice that the fenders are fiberglass and wider than stock because of how seamlessly this NSX is styled.

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Being on the low end of Japanese-guy height at a whopping 5’2”, few cars fit me comfortably. The NSX feels like I’m wearing it. I’m immediately drawn to the charming integration of new and old, with Clarion’s high-end audio, navigation, and camera technologies rubbing elbows with classic 90s Honda switchgear. The graphics on the instrument cluster look like they’re plucked straight from my old 1998 Acura 3.2 TL; my hands are sweating at a level a doctor might find concerning.

It takes surprisingly little effort to depress the clutch pedal as I twist the drab-looking key in the NSX’s ignition. Clawing its way to life behind my head is a 3.2-liter V-6 paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, both yanked out of a 2004 NSX. Attached to the engine is a CT supercharger, bumping power to an estimated 380 hp — on the dyno, the NSX was tested at 343 hp at the wheels. The blower adds invigorating low-end and mid-range torque that you have to work harder for in a naturally aspirated engine. You can ride that wave of power right up to V-TEC at about 6,200 rpm, when it really takes off (slash kicks in, yo).

Clarion turned to AEM for its custom exhaust, and there’s a custom AEM intake as well. At idle, it grumbles with purpose but not offensively so as to wake the neighbors. Lay into it and it builds into a steady growl that never loses its bravado. As you wind the NSX out to its 8,000 rpm redline the car seems to yowl and shriek in delight, but it never feels unsteady or wild. The supercharger adds a deep and healthy whoosh, but by the middle of the rev range that noise is largely drowned out by the simply stupendous sound of the Honda V-6.

Especially for a 25 year-old car, the NSX is as easy as it is rewarding to drive. It’s smooth and controlled, yet always on the forefront of delivering the most minute feedback. In a word, the chassis is brilliant. On winding back roads and highway on-ramps alike, it felt stiff enough to tackle corners aggressively without upsetting the balance of the car. If I didn’t almost run out of gas, I’d probably still be hunting for apexes, stringing corners together like beads on a tire-shredding necklace.

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A car like this feels considerably more settled on good quality roads, which Michigan is known for as much as it is for palm trees and coconuts. Around these parts, the ride would eventually wear on me and I’d most likely downsize the wheels an inch or so in favor of a thicker sidewall. That said, the grip and turn-in feel from the Michelin Pilot Super Sports are tires astounding; the marriage of them with perfect weight balance and the confident cornering capabilities afforded by a KW Variant 3 coilover suspension is wisely conceived. The only downside here is that the limits of the car are a lot higher, meaning you really need to be on a track to safely sample any tail-out dynamics.

On the road, I find myself most struck by the steering, which puts modern racks to shame. The Audi TTS I drove after my time in the NSX felt like it existed in a zero-gravity vacuum, devoid of all sensory input and feedback. The steering is heavy at low speeds, but as soon as you muscle the throttle the car just loosens up, as if it’s finally able to breathe and stretch itself. Another surprise is the StopTech big brake kit. While the meaty stoppers definitely had a bite that’s probably a bit too much for the daily grind, they would be a welcome safety net on a road course.

Clarion’s NSX really does not like to go slow, but while stuck in traffic I did take note of its freshened interior. The re-upholstered seats are plenty supportive, while the driving position and visibility are stellar. I found myself the clear center and focus of the cockpit, and the joy of that setup hasn’t changed much in 25 years. The highlight, though, is the navigation pod that’s sourced from a late-model Japanese-spec NSX that had the optional factory nav. It’s a lovely and sensitive marriage of old and new — faithful, and in this kind of one-off, the details supply the spice.

This is for sure an intensely rich distillation and enhancement of what already makes the NSX great. Clarion Builds did a bang-up job not just producing a rocking tuner NSX, but one that celebrates and respects the foundation of the car itself. It shocked the world 25 years ago, and although this one got a lot more than a fresh coat of paint, the NSX has still got it.

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Clarion Builds 1991 Acura NSX Specifications

On Sale: N/A
Price: N/A
Engine: 3.2L supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/380 hp (est) @ 7,700 rpm, 247 lb-ft @ 6,100 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
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L x W x H: 173.4 in x 71.3 in x 46.1 in (approx.)
Wheelbase: 99.6 in
Weight: 3,200 lb
0-60 MPH: N/A
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Acura NSX GT3 Shown Again in Delicious Exposed Carbon Fiber http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-gt3-exposed-carbon-fiber/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-gt3-exposed-carbon-fiber/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=965121 Acura gave us our first glimpse at the NSX GT3 race car during this year’s New York auto show, and now the automaker has revealed more images and details ahead of the GT3-class racer’s competition debut next year. We get to see the car sans racing livery in all its exposed carbon fiber glory. The...

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Acura gave us our first glimpse at the NSX GT3 race car during this year’s New York auto show, and now the automaker has revealed more images and details ahead of the GT3-class racer’s competition debut next year.

We get to see the car sans racing livery in all its exposed carbon fiber glory. The large fixed rear wing, front splitter and canards, and protruding rear diffuser of the show car are still present, as are the deep hood vents for improved engine cooling. The GT3-spec car uses the same 75-degree, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 as the production NSX, but foregoes all the fancy hybrid tech to comply with class rules. The engine by itself is good for 500-plus hp in race tune. That power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential racing gearbox.

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“Building on the very solid foundation of the production NSX, we’re making steady progress in our development and looking forward to campaigning the GT3 race car next year,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, in a release.

The NSX GT3 will be produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, alongside the road-going NSX. Initial development for the race car was carried out by Honda’s Japanese race engineering arm at various tracks in Japan and Europe. The car is being further developed in the U.S. by Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American race engineering wing. HPD will oversee final testing and homologation to FIA GT3 specifications. Honda says it expects the NSX GT3 to be homologated this fall.

So far Honda has only announced plans to campaign the NSX in North America next year, but being built to GT3 specifications means the car will be eligible to compete in many racing series around the world.

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Ariel Atom to Receive Hybrid Powertrain http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ariel-atom-receive-hybrid-powertrain/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ariel-atom-receive-hybrid-powertrain/#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:18:18 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=963887 If it’s a raucous, bare-bones drive you’re after, turn to the Ariel Atom . It’s a righteous piece of automotive pleasure, designed specifically to entice the senses and scare the living daylights out of you. For us, the Atom is in some ways as close to automotive nirvana as you can get, complete with its tiny Honda four-cylinder engine pulsing...

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If it’s a raucous, bare-bones drive you’re after, turn to the Ariel Atom . It’s a righteous piece of automotive pleasure, designed specifically to entice the senses and scare the living daylights out of you. For us, the Atom is in some ways as close to automotive nirvana as you can get, complete with its tiny Honda four-cylinder engine pulsing away under the exposed bodywork. The engine might be minuscule, but the Atom isn’t what you’d call a eco-friendly car, sucking down fuel as rapidly as it brings a stupid smile to your face. But as Ariel turns toward the siren call of hybridization, things could take a turn for the electric sooner rather than later in the name of instant torque.

As more manufacturers turn to hybridization in pursuit of reduced emissions and fuel consumption, crate engines will begin to follow the same path. As such, Ariel’s boss Simon Saunders told Autocar that because of these laws, the company will likely adopt more hybrid technology into its two car lineup.

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“The technology in the NSX is cutting-edge and expensive, but it will work its way down the food chain to the hot hatches. At that point, it becomes achievable for us to use in the Atom.” Saunders went on to say that Ariel had already been considering using hybrid powertrains due to a hybrid engine’s ability to provide almost instantaneous torque.  “Obviously, for Honda it’s more about emissions, but for us it’s mostly a performance thing.”

Even more of a confirmation that hybridization will soon come to Ariel is that Saunders stated an all-electric Atom is a likelihood as the company “moves with the times.” Saunders didn’t go into what this car might look like, but an all-electric Atom would be a drastic departure from the regular high-strung nature of the gas-powered Atom.

However, if only for a moment, think of an Ariel with Tesla performance credentials and its current quotient low weight and tossability. If Ariel is able to keep that same recipe the same even with a battery on board, then we might forgive the departure of its shrill four-cylinder wail.

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2017 Acura NSX Claims Class Win at Pikes Peak http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-acura-nsx-claims-class-win-pikes-peak/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-acura-nsx-claims-class-win-pikes-peak/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:30:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=961257 One of the two 2017 Acura NSX hybrid supercars won its class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this past weekend. The car, driven by Acura engineer Nick Robinson, took first place in the Time Attack 2 class. Robison was able to climb the 12.42-mile course, which has a peak elevation of...

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One of the two 2017 Acura NSX hybrid supercars won its class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this past weekend. The car, driven by Acura engineer Nick Robinson, took first place in the Time Attack 2 class.

Robison was able to climb the 12.42-mile course, which has a peak elevation of 14,115 feet, in 10:28.820 for the class win. Last year, Robinson won the PP250 motorcycle class.

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“I’m incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX!” Robinson said in a release. “The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off.”

Power for the race car comes from the same setup as the production car including the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, and three electric motors. The NSX features a Rear Direct Drive Motor powering the rear wheels, and the Twin Motor Unit that distributes power to the front wheels via an electrically powered torque vectoring system. Acura says the combined total system output is 573 hp and 569 lb-ft of torque. The only race modifications are the required racing safety equipment.

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In addition to the pair of 2017 Acura NSX race cars, the automaker also campaigned the NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept in the Electric Modified class. With a time of 9:06.015 (79.119 mph), Tetsuya Yamano placed second with the concept in its class and third overall for the weekend. The second NSX hybrid entered in the race, driven by Robinson’s brother James, finished 75th overall.

“For our new NSX to win one of the most historic and challenging races on the planet in its North American racing debut is a great achievement for everyone involved in creating the American-built supercar,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “The performance of NSX in this year’s race is a testament to Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA and will serve as a launching pad for future racing endeavors.”

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Acura NSX EV Concept Poised to Summit Pikes Peak http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-ev-concept-poised-summit-pikes-peak/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-nsx-ev-concept-poised-summit-pikes-peak/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:14:18 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=957505 Honda will yet again tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an electric prototype, adapting its class-winning electric four-motor prototype to an Acura NSX body. The Acura NSX EV concept will attempt to defend Honda’s position atop the Exhibition class, and given that Honda says it produces three times the total power of last...

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Honda will yet again tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an electric prototype, adapting its class-winning electric four-motor prototype to an Acura NSX body. The Acura NSX EV concept will attempt to defend Honda’s position atop the Exhibition class, and given that Honda says it produces three times the total power of last year’s entry, its prospects are looking mighty sweet.

Compared to the production Acura NSX, the EV concept sports giant spoilers on the front and rear for improved aerodynamics, a stripped-out rear end with improved cooling for the Twin Motor Unit out back, and racing slicks shod on large multi-spoke black wheels.

Like last year’s Honda CR-Z EV prototype, the Acura NSX EV concept will use a special application of the electric all-wheel-drive system (SH-AWD for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) that’s used in the street version of the modern NSX supercar. While the standard car uses a three-motor electric system, the Pikes Peak EV concept version of the Acura NSX boasts a four-motor system that allows for four-wheel independent torque distribution.

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“We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly,” said  driver Tetsuya Yamano, who also piloted last year’s CR-Z prototype. “We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world.”

For the 100th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and based on data collected from last year’s race, the Acura NSX EV team not only added additional output but also tuned the powertrain for “more precise thrust at each wheel.”

The benefits of Acura’s handling system and instantaneous electric torque are very well-suited to Pikes Peak for a few reasons. For one, immediate torque is essential for quickly building momentum coming out of some of the more challenging twists of the mountain’s harrowing 156 turns. Things only get tougher as cars climb the mountain to its 14,114-foot summit, where traditional combustion engines struggle with thin air—something EVs don’t have to worry about.

The Acura NSX EV concept will compete at this year’s Hill Climb alongside two production NSX supercars competing in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes. Acura’s TA1 NSX sports a lighter weigh-in and a high-flow racing exhaust, while TA2 is essentially stock aside from safety equipment.

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Acura Enters 3 NSXs at Pikes Peak http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-enters-3-nsxs-pikes-peak/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/acura-enters-3-nsxs-pikes-peak/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:19:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=953675 Earlier this year, production finally began on the all-new Acura NSX. With production in full-swing, the company is set to mark another milestone as it will take two production NSXs and an experimental all-electric NSX derived supercar to race at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The two production vehicles will race in the...

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Earlier this year, production finally began on the all-new Acura NSX. With production in full-swing, the company is set to mark another milestone as it will take two production NSXs and an experimental all-electric NSX derived supercar to race at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The two production vehicles will race in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes, piloted by James and Nick Robinson, brothers from Acura’s North American engineering team. The first car, competing in the Time Attack 1 class, is lightened and packs a high-flow racing exhaust. The second car, competing in the Time Attack 2 class, is stock aside from the necessary safety equipment. Nick Robinson, who is piloting the Time Attack 2 class car, is the reigning 2015 Pikes Peak 250 champion, giving the driver a slight home-field edge over his brother.

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The experimental NSX is another beast altogether. According to Acura, “The supercar-inspired 4-Motor EV Concept will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano,” and is “the ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel drive Electric Super Handling-AWD powertrain.” The powertrain, which last year ran as a CR-Z prototype, now produces three times the total system output of last year, and as mentioned above,  is now mated to an NSX body.

Acura will additionally be the official pace car sponsor, with an NSX, MDX, and TLX performing pace car duties throughout the race. “Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” says Jon Ikeda, VP and general manager of the Acura Division. “We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies—as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”

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First 2017 Acura NSX Finally Rolls Off the Line http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-2017-acura-nsx-finally-rolls-off-the-line/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-2017-acura-nsx-finally-rolls-off-the-line/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 18:00:19 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=947811 Back in March, we got a glimpse behind the curtain of Acura’s brand new Performance Manufacturing Center outside Columbus, Ohio where the company’s new NSX supercar was set to be built. And although only pre-production cars were on the assembly line at the time, the facility was brimming with potential energy. Finally, after what seems...

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Back in March, we got a glimpse behind the curtain of Acura’s brand new Performance Manufacturing Center outside Columbus, Ohio where the company’s new NSX supercar was set to be built. And although only pre-production cars were on the assembly line at the time, the facility was brimming with potential energy. Finally, after what seems like the longest gestation in automotive history, the plant has produced the first production 2017 Acura NSX.

Serial number 001 was actually sold months ago to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who paid $1.2 million for the car at Barrett-Jackson of which the entirety of the proceeds went to two charities, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and Camp Southern Ground. The car was then presented to Hendricks at the PMC earlier this week.

“Today marks the realization of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio,” stated Clement D’Souza, Acura’s NSX engineering project leader. Hendrick was given the opportunity to drive his Red Pearl Acura NSX straight off the production line, and the car itself features exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, Alcantara trim, and the carbon fiber package which includes a carbon hood, roof, and rear spoiler.

Even in the NSX’s infancy, rumors of a hardcore NSX Type R were given credence when Acura’s NSX Dynamic Development leader, Nick Robinson, was asked if a Type R was in the cards, to which Robinson replied, “There are places weight could be cut out. We are Honda, so cost is a consideration, but for a limited edition? Why not?”

“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” stated Hendrick. “It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”

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