The NSX CONCEPT-GT made its Super GT debut this past weekend in Round 1 at Okayama International Circuit. Five teams are running the NSX CONCEPT-GT in the GT500 class this season, but the Weider Modulo DOME Racing Team had the best result of the group, finishing 5th place out of 15 cars overall.
The NSX teams will need to regroup for Super GT Round 2 which takes places on May 4th at Fuji Speedway.
It’s hard to believe the first generation NSX is now twenty-four years old. Although it may not qualify as a true “classic car” just yet, Automobile Magazine explains why it makes their “Collectible Classic” for the month of April 2014:
“The NSX would be sold under the premium Acura sales channel in the United States, a shot-in-the-arm for a brand fighting to carve its niche in the crowded marketplace. Launching as a 1991 model, the supercar wasn’t just a landmark event for Honda, it was an engineering breakthrough for the industry, and the first production car to use an all-aluminum chassis and body. Hand-built in Tochigi, Japan, the NSX cost about $65,000, making it the most expensive Japanese car ever to that point.” Greg Migliore, Automobile Magazine
Check out the full feature at automobilemag.com: Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]
A few months ago automotive photographer Cullen Cheung brought two of Acura’s most iconic sports cars together for this gorgeous night photo shoot. Being called a “baby” version of another car usually wouldn’t be something to be proud of, unless of course you’re referring to the NSX.
[Source: Cullen Cheung Photos]
Did you notice today’s Ayrton Senna Google Doodle? The graphic honors the Brazilian Formula One Legend on what would have been his 54th birthday. Almost 20 years ago Senna suffered fatal injuries at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix where his life was cut short at the age of 34.
Senna rose to fame piloting the Honda powered McLaren MP4 to three Formula One World Championships, and it was because of that connection, Honda engineers were able to tap into his racing expertise to help improve NSX, forever imprinting his legacy onto the car.
“In February of 1989, right around the same time the demonstration car was dropping jaws with its svelte, mid-engined looks, a gaggle of Honda engineers were waiting with polite expectation to hear a positive verdict on one of the company’s most ambitious projects ever. It was called the New Sportscar Experimental, and the engineers were confident that the newly-minted Formula 1 champion driving their creation could not fail to be impressed. The team had just completed an entire month at the Suzuka Circuit, and considered their all-aluminum machine to be as forged and honed as a katana. They were about to be disappointed.” Brendan McAleer, Road & Track
Read the rest of this feature from Road & Track: How Ayrton Senna made the Acura NSX exceptional.
[Source: Road & Track]
Official release from Honda UK Newsroom:
19 March 2014
- Innovative hybrid all-wheel drive supercar to enter production in 2015
- Festival of Speed will showcase NSX’s advanced technologies, performance and handling
The ground-breaking NSX supercar, powered by an innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, and set for launch in 2015, will take centre stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June) when it takes on the world’s most famous hillclimb in front of a capacity crowd. The Festival will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to see and hear the all-new version of a supercar whose forebears gained iconic status around the world.
The NSX has a long-standing relationship with the Festival of Speed. In 1993, at the time of the first Festival, a fleet of 10 NSX were showcased at Goodwood. Launched in 1990, the original NSX was already known as a ground-breaking exotic car, delivering super performance and handling, without compromise in usability and ergonomics. Driven by UK journalists, the 10 NSX made a thrilling impression on visitors to the first Festival of Speed. More than two decades have passed and the new NSX is making its return to Goodwood. It will again open the door for a new era of the Super Sports model and Honda sees the Festival as the perfect event to demonstrate its flagship supercar for the first time in Europe.
This past weekend Suzuka Circuit’s Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day brought an epic collection of cars to the event, and NSX fans would not be denied. Honda of course brought its newest racing machine the NSX CONCEPT-GT, and put it alongside two iconic NSXs: the Team Kunimitsu NSX – winner of the 1995 Le Mans GT2 class, and the Castrol MUGEN NSX – winner of the 2000 JGTC GT500 class. The trio of NSXs lapping the circuit created some pretty good photo ops seen in the gallery above.
Also included are photos of the NSX CONCEPT-GT with its Super GT Japanese rivals, Lexus’ RC F and Nissan’s GT-R.
[Source: Suzuka Circuit via Facebook]