- American Ted Klaus was named head of the global development team for the next-generation NSX.
- The 2015 Acura NSX will be developed and built at the newly minted Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.
- The development team comprises roughly 30 Americans and 20 Japanese who were hand-picked for the project.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda announced today that it will build the 2015 Acura NSX at a new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio and named American Ted Klaus as global development chief.
Klaus, who started his career at Honda working on the Integra GS-R program, is officially the Large Project Leader of the next-generation Acura NSX. This means he's in charge of planning and executing the entire project from start to finish.
In an interview with Edmunds, Klaus said he's looking to re-establish the original position of the Acura NSX as a driver-focused sports car. "Human fit and vivid response will always be our top priority," Klaus emphasized.
In terms of performance, Klaus sees the standard Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 458 as the bookends of the performance envelope he's aiming for with the new NSX. He also admits to driving cars like the Audi R8 V10 for reference as well. "It's good to experience the most involved product in the range," said Klaus.
Although the drivetrain has already been confirmed (twin electric motors driving the front wheels and a V6 driving the rear wheels), the way in which they'll deliver their power is still being worked out. Klaus said this will be a key element of the NSX's personality. "The drive system will attempt to be proactive in the way it reacts to driver input," he explained.
Klaus was also quick to point out that this NSX won't be chasing any of the classic performance benchmarks set by its competitors. "All the specifications will be based on how they make the car feel, not arbitrary numbers on a spec sheet."
The 2015 Acura NSX will be launched in the U.S. first, followed by other world markets shortly thereafter. In areas where the Acura brand is not sold, it will be sold as the Honda NSX.
Edmunds says: Putting an American in charge of a vehicle program like the NSX is a monumental show of support from the home office in Japan. Now all Klaus has to do is come through with a worthy successor.