2015 Acura NSX Prototype's Hot Lap Signals Racing Intentions


  • 2015 Acura NSX Prototype Picture

    2015 Acura NSX Prototype Picture

    The Acura NSX prototype made its dynamic debut on Sunday. | August 05, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Acura NSX prototype made its dynamic debut on Sunday before the running of the Honda Indy 200, as the automaker said it intends "to go racing with the new NSX."
  • The maiden voyage of the Acura NSX prototype in Ohio was heavy with meaning, as the car made its debut in the state where it will be produced.
  • The prototype of Acura's upcoming revival of the NSX supercar lapped the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

LEXINGTON, Ohio — A prototype of the 2015 Acura NSX supercar made its dynamic debut on Sunday before the running of the Honda Indy 200, with the automaker adding that it intends "to go racing with the new NSX."

The maiden voyage of the Acura NSX prototype in Ohio was heavy with meaning, since the car made its debut in the state where it will be produced. The Acura NSX prototype lapped the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"It's not finished," said the text accompanying Acura's YouTube video. "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." Acura pointed out in a statement that the "NSX prototype sported custom graphics that speak to Acura's intention to go racing with the new NSX." Further details were not provided. The car was driven by an unidentified member of the car's Ohio-based engineering development team.

"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," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, in a statement.

The production version of the Acura NSX will be an all-wheel-drive hybrid powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V6 combined with twin electric drive motors, all coming together to comprise Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD drivetrain.

In May, Honda confirmed that it will build the Acura NSX in Ohio. The 2015 NSX will be produced exclusively at a new $70-million Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, and exported around the world.

Honda said earlier that the NSX will begin mass production in 2015. Pricing has not been announced.

Edmunds says: The 2015 Acura NSX takes another step toward production with this dramatic debut.

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