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Road & Track: How Ayrton Senna made the Acura NSX exceptional

Posted by   on March 21st, 2014 No comments

Ayrton Senna

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

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NSX Prototype set for debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted by   on March 19th, 2014 No comments

Goodwood Festival of Speed

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.

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Gallery: NSX at Suzuka Circuit Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day

Posted by   on March 6th, 2014 No comments

NSX CONCEPT-GT

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]

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Video: NSX CONCEPT-GT Testing at Suzuka Circuit

Posted by   on February 27th, 2014 No comments

NSX CONCEPT-GT

Honda has released a new 2:15-minute video featuring Team Kunimitsu as they fine tune the RAYBRIG NSX CONCEPT-GT in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Super GT season.

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Gallery: NSX Concept in Gran Turismo 6

Posted by   on February 18th, 2014 2 comments

NSX Concept - Gran Turismo 6

The “photo mode” first debuted in Gran Turismo 4 allowing players to take a break from the driving and become a virtual automotive photographer. It gave players a chance to shoot their dream cars in iconic locations with complete creative control over the camera.

Along with last year’s release of Gran Turismo 6 came the opportunity to not only drive, but to photograph the many angles of the NSX Concept. A quick search for the NSX Concept on Flickr resulted in some pretty spectacular user uploads from the game. Check out a few of my favorites in the gallery below.

[Source: jereswinnen, Snake206 GT6 photos, Ronin_GTAndy36 via Flickr]

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Snapshot: Acura NSX Prototype

Posted by   on February 10th, 2014 No comments

Acura NSX Prototype

Even our hottest models undergo extreme all weather testing before they hit the road.

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Video: Let The Race Begin

Posted by   on February 7th, 2014 1 comment

Acura Commercial - "Let The Race Begin"

Bet on a performance that changes the game, a power that goes beyond the machine. The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, TLX Prototype and NSX Concept will challenge what you think you know about luxury performance.

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Acura to Debut New “Let The Race Begin” Commercial

Posted by   on February 7th, 2014 No comments

Acura Commercial - "Let The Race Begin"

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura to Debut New “Let The Race Begin” Commercial This Weekend During Prime-Time Television

New advertisement showcases the all-new Acura TLX Prototype sports sedan, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ flagship sedan and the NSX Concept supercar, bringing together three championship performers for the first time in Acura national advertising

02/07/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura will debut a futuristic and emotional new television commercial in the top 14 U.S. media markets during prime time network sports programming this weekend, challenging drivers to seek out a new luxury-performance experience.

Set against the backdrop of an otherworldly racetrack, the new Acura TV commercial opens with four robotic horses, representing traditional approaches to luxury performance, emerging from the starting gate and aggressively jostling for position. Spectators watch from the grandstand in a euphoric state, among them a more enlightened and informed individual who seems to know that something unexpected is about to happen. At that moment, an elegant and powerful dark horse emerges from the pack and transforms into the all-new 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™, which is then joined by the 2015 TLX Prototype and the NSX Concept as all three vehicles surge forward. An on-screen graphic declares “Let the race begin.”

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