|The Honda NSX prototype ran as an Indy 200 Course car at last weekend’s Mid-Ohio Indy 200 race event.|
The NSX prototype is the next generation of Honda’s most popular mid-engined Sports variant, which had a 20-year plus legacy. The next-generation Honda NSX is due for its global introduction in 2015.
The 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 the intention to go racing with the new NSX.
Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, it was announced in 2012 that the NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 engine mated to Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.
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 V6 engine and new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels and two independent motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative and positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled to 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 sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using US-domestic and globally-sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center, now under construction.