Autocar New Honda NSX takes to the Nurburgring in final testing

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    Honda's long-awaited NSX puts in some fast laps at the Nürburgring ahead of a likely reveal later this year and sales starting in 2015

    Honda is putting the final touches to its new NSX sports car ahead of a likely reveal later this year.

    Looking visually similar to the prototype model which has already been seen putting in laps in Ohio, this latest mule has taken to the Nürburgring in what is likely to be the final stages of testing.

    Among the minor changes made to the production bodywork is the adoption of a seperate lower grille at the front, while the bonnet gets new air vents.

    Honda has already confirmed the new model will be built at its Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio from next year. The firm has promised the new car will offer "the excitement of a [Ferrari] 458 at the price of the [Porsche] 911." Therefore, it's likely that starting prices for the new car will sit at around £75,000.

    As well as the Ferrari and Porsche, other benchmark cars the manufacturer has reportedly used for development include the Nissan GT-R, Audi R8 and McLaren 12C.

    The new NSX was first revealed in concept form at the Detroit motor show in 2012. The production car retains the concept's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system, which sees a mid-mounted V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor which drives the rear wheels.

    Twin electric motors also drive the front wheels, while the powertrain is fixed to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    Total power is likely to be around 400bhp, but the most significant factor in the NSX's performance is likely to be its torque - harvested from three electric motors as well as the engine. Its layout should also provide the NSX with sharp handling, as the twin electric motors in the front also allow torque vectoring.

    Honda has previously confirmed that a convertible version of the car will also be launched, following at least two years after the standard car goes on sale in 2015.

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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Get these lottery tickets on guys ..
     
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  3. Eck Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I am glad the number plate was pixelled out, the neighbours might have become jealous!!
     
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  5. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Better it caught fire now than in production.

    Prototype cars can be a bit untidy in the way they are put together, so maybe just some loose wiring caught fire :Unknown:
     
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  6. accordheritage Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Not what we wanted to see on Youtube.

     
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  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's Battery issue , Honda has been hit with the same bug the Hybrid batteries caught on fire and burnt the car to the ground. Back to the drawing board with the battery maker I say and get it right.
     
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  9. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Re-assuring it wasn't Honda issue, but a supplier.
     
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  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    It is reassuring it will be fixed as well it isn’t from a long term solution , with nearly all new Honda will have Hybrid technologies rolled out in near future ,Honda and the battery vendor will have to develop a process to keep those batteries from overheating. I don’t think they have a proper fix yet for the Boeing issue either it’s a case of managing that heat before things burn.
     
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