Official release from Honda:
Honda Unveils the NSX CONCEPT-GT, Designated for Entry in the GT500 Class of the 2014 SUPER GT Series
TOKYO, Japan, August 16, 2013 – Honda has unveiled the NSX CONCEPT-GT, a racing machine designated for entry in the GT500 class of the 2014 SUPER GT Series* Round 5 “2013 AUTOBACS SUPER GT” at Suzuka Circuit.
The NSX CONCEPT-GT is a dedicated racing vehicle based on the NSX Concept, the next-generation super sports model that made its world debut in January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
This vehicle complies with the 2014 regulations on GT500 vehicles prescribed by the Japan Automobile Federation. Along with a mid-mounted 2.0 L inline direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo engine, the vehicle is equipped with a racing hybrid system.
Prior to today’s debut of the NSX CONCEPT-GT, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. showcased the running of a prototype NSX at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 4, the final day of “the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio”, which serves as Round 14 of the IndyCar Series.
* Under the supervision and operation of GTA Co., Ltd.
Official release from acuranews.com:
Acura Brand Becomes Official Sponsor of World’s Premier Collector Car Show
08/12/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.
The Acura NSX Concept will make a special appearance on the Concept Lawn at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, August 18, 2013, heralding the announcement of the Acura brand as an Official Sponsor of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is more than one of the world’s preeminent exhibitions of luxury automobiles; it is a celebration of style and refinement that is the perfect showcase for the Acura NSX Concept,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of Automobile Operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. We are thrilled to align the Acura Brand with this prestigious event that is the ultimate celebration of the automobile.”
Global development of a production model based on the Acura NSX Concept is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Raymond, Ohio. The next-generation Acura sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center now under construction. The NSX is slated to go on sale in 2015.
They say money changes people, but it’s not changing this man’s fine taste in cars. Paul White of Ham Lake, Minnesota has recently won an $86 million dollar share of the Powerball jackpot and he says a first generation Acura NSX is still at the top of his wish list.
When asked what his first purchase would be, White replied: “Acura makes this car, I used to have an Acura Integra back in 1988, I loved that little car. Well they made this car, I don’t think they make it any more but it’s called an NSX.”
“There’s this one on Craigslist I’ve been watching for a few months. And I think it’s thirty grand and it’s got like twelve thousand miles on it or something. It’s a 91 or a 92 or something like that. I’m going out there. I’m going to buy that car and I’m driving it back. Very slowly.” said White.
If Mr. White is looking to buy a brand new Acura NSX, he’ll have to wait another two years for the highly anticipated Sport Hybrid model. Until then, I’m sure a first generation NSX will do just fine as a daily driver.
See White’s press interview in the clip below.
Here is the GoPro Course Preview with the Acura NSX prototype from yesterday’s NBC broadcast of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Acura’s Jason Widmer, Testing Project Leader for NSX, drives the new Acura NSX prototype at Mid-Ohio during the NBC course preview. Footage provided by NBC. Learn more about the NSX and get the latest updates at http://acura.com/future
Official release from acuranews.com:
Acura NSX Prototype Excites Racing Fans and Sports Car Enthusiasts Alike Lapping Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Prior to Honda Indy 200 Race
08/04/2013 – LEXINGTON, Ohio
A prototype Acura NSX lapped the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio today, just prior to the running of the Honda Indy 200, exciting fans in the state where the NSX is being developed and will be produced, and showcasing the steady progress being made toward the planned 2015 launch of Acura’s next-generation, mid-engine supercar.
The Acura 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 to Acura’s intention to go racing with the new NSX.
“With leadership from our R&D and manufacturing teams here in Ohio, we are developing a next generation sports car that will be equally at home on the street and on the race track, so it is natural for us to showcase the prototype vehicle here at Mid-Ohio,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “It is exciting for us to see the prototype running on the track, reflecting the great progress we’re making toward the 2015 global launch of the NSX, as we engineer a new sports-car experience for customers around the world.”
Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced in 2012 that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.
Acura’s 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 V-6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two independent motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by 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 Acura sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center, now under construction.
A full 60 seconds of the new Acura NSX Prototype:
It’s not finished. But it is complete. The Acura NSX concept has moved to prototype and added an essential piece. The driver. One more step in the quest for perfect synergy between man and machine. Stay up to date on the latest Acura NSX news at http://acura.com/future.
One more video teaser for the Acura NSX Prototype before its weekend debut:
Once a concept, now a prototype. The new NSX takes to the test track before appearing at the Indy 200 Mid-Ohio race. Learn more about the NSX and get the latest updates at http://acura.com/future.