Video: Next Generation Acura NSX on the Nürburgring

A recent video of the new Acura NSX shows that it has returned to Germany’s Nürburgring, where for the first time it ran the track without camouflage:

“This is the all new 2016 Honda NSX without camouflage on the Nurburgring. It was testing yesterday on the Nurburgring during the industry pool.” – cvdzijden

Check out the new footage of the Berlina Black Acura NSX running the Ring below.

[Source: cvdzijden via YouTube]

Snapshots: Next Generation Acura NSX in White

The new NSX has revealed itself in a few different colors recently, but for the first time it has been spotted in white. NSX Club Europe has posted these snapshots of the white NSX “Testing somewhere in US.”

Last month at The Quail, Acura officially introduced 3 colors for the new NSX – Valencia Red Pearl, Nouvelle Blue Pearl and Berlina black.

[Source: NSX Club Europe]

Rendered: Acura NSX Roadster in Nouvelle Blue Pearl

We’ve seen a few renderings of an open-top version of the new NSX, but this latest one from Remco M is based on the newly introduced Nouvelle Blue Pearl color. Remco says he opted for a targa top rather than a convertible to “keep the R&D costs lower” and to maintain body rigidity. Click here for a 900×600 pixel image.

[Source: RM.Design]

Video: Honda Ignition

This cinematic short film is a reminder that Acura’s parent company Honda isn’t just an automobile manufacturer. Honda’s broad range of engineering expertise covers everything from power equipment to aircraft, and in this video we see a few of their favourite achievements to date:

“Ignition, our new out-of-this-world film, is inspired by Honda’s daring spirit. The film pays homage to one of the boldest expressions of human curiosity and engineering endeavor: space flight. No other company has the heritage of engineering across as many categories: cars, motorbikes, robotics, aviation and racing. Dare to do the things others only dream of. Discover the stories of Honda daring at” – Honda UK

Some notable cameos include a red and white “Type-R” themed second generation NSX, Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, and a short Ayrton Senna voice-over. Check out the 1:40-minute below.

[Source: Honda UK via YouTube]

Acuras, Past and Future, Star at 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Aug 15, 2015 – MONTEREY, California

  • Parker Johnstone takes Spice Acura from museum to pole, podium finishes
  • Next-Generation Acura NSX supercar on display
  • Winning 2009 Acura ARX-02a LMP1 also featured

Capping a week-long celebration of Acura’s motorsports heritage, highlighted by multiple appearances of the new NSX supercar, former IMSA champion Parker Johnstone started from the pole and scored a pair of second place finishes Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a return to the cockpit of his multiple title-winning Spice Acura.

More than 550 entrants took part in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Part competition and part pageantry, the Reunion brings racing history to life as cars from nearly every era at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The cars, selected for their historical significance, authenticity and correctness for the period, are divided into 15 classes, based on the type of car, displacement and era of origin.

“This is Acura’s first time participating in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so it is only fitting that we celebrate the launch of the next-generation NSX with another iconic machine, the record-setting champion Spice Acura GTP Lights car,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “Today’s results reflect Acura’s performance heritage and performance future of the brand.”

Starting in 1991, Johnstone partnered with Acura, several co-drivers and the Comptech team to win three consecutive IMSA GTP Lights championships from 1991-1993.  Powered by a race-modified 3.0-liter VTEC V6 engine, the heart of the first-generation NSX, Johnstone, Acura and Comptech swept the GTP Lights manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships all three years, setting all-time qualifying and race win records, including victories here at Laguna Seca, the 12 Hours of Sebring and two triumphs at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

After being retired from competition following the 1993 season, the Spice Acura has most recently been on display at the American Honda Automotive Museum in Torrance, California, and was prepared for its return to the track by former Comptech team principal Doug Peterson. Taking part in the 35-car IMSA GTO/GTP race group, many of them larger-displacement GTO and GTP cars, Johnstone led both practice sessions to earn the pole for today’s races.

Despite its long layoff from competition, the Spice Acura ran flawlessly throughout the weekend, giving best only to a single, larger-displacement Porsche 962 in each of today’s races.

“Professionally, the success we had with this racing program is incalculable–in how it affected both my life and the life of the team. It’s the car that vaulted us into IndyCar,” said Johnstone. “And to race it again here at Laguna Seca, where some of my earliest memories as a child occurred and where I drove my first competitive race car, is indescribable.”

Between appearances on track, the Spice Acura was on display in the Acura Garage in the Laguna Seca paddock, flanked by the Acura ARX-02a LMP1 car driven to five victories – including Laguna Seca – in the 2009 American Le Mans Series title by drivers Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagneaud; and the new Acura NSX.

With a pair of entries fielded by Highcroft Racing and de Ferran Motorsports, the Acura ARX-02a dominated the 2009 ALMS season, winning eight of ten races to finish 1-2 in the championship. In addition, the Fernandez Racing organization won eight races in the LMP2 class to win the class championship in an Acura ARX-01b.

The NSX at Laguna Seca was one of a trio of the next-generation supercars, which were featured earlier in the week atThe Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Powered by a 75-degree twin-turbo V6 mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission and three electric motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. It will be produced at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.

[Source: Acura]

Acura NSX Performance Manufacturing Center: Precision Craftsmanship

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Aug 14, 2015 – CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.

The next-generation Acura NSX is produced at the new, dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts. With trial production already underway and production start-up scheduled for spring 2016, this world-class manufacturing facility employs groundbreaking techniques in weld, body construction, body painting, final assembly and quality confirmation to ensure the highest levels of precision and craftsmanship.

More details on the unique and innovative manufacturing processes at the PMC will be rolled out over the months leading up to the start of production, but the following highlights of the new facility were shared during the 2015  Monterey Automotive Week:

  • Innovative blend of people and technology: throughout the PMC, NSX production is centered around the skills of approximately 100 experienced engineers and technicians building the NSX to precise levels of quality and craftsmanship.
  • All-glass quality confirmation center: A total quality approach to production is evident not only in the mindset of every PMC technician, but in the very design of the facility, with an all-glass quality confirmation center located in the middle of the manufacturing floor.  This allows for technicians from every department to monitor all aspects of a vehicle as it moves through the entire production process.
  • World’s first weld technology: the world’s first use of all robotic MIG welding employs eight robots to apply approximately 900 MIG welds. This surgical welding process results in a space frame that is incredibly precise, in addition to being ultra rigid and lightweight.
  • Craftsmanship: hand craftsmanship complements high tech robotic processes throughout the assembly of the NSX:
    • Every bolt on the NSX is hand started by a PMC technician
    • Exterior body panels are installed manually at the end of assembly and from the inside out to ensure 100 percent symmetrical side-to-side fitment
    • Lasers are used to find door hem edges, fenders and door gaps in order to install all exterior panels without requiring adjustments
  • Master engine builders: the NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with dry sump is hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. Each engine takes over six hours to complete and is machine balanced.
    • Each NSX power unit — engine, 9-speed dual clutch transmission with direct-drive electric motor, and front Twin Motor Unit – is bench-tested and broken-in (the engine to the equivalent of 150 driving miles) to ensure that every NSX is track-ready upon customer delivery
    • The engine build process was benchmarked against some of the company’s race engine programs to ensure the highest possible quality and performance standards were achieved

[Source: Acura]