1991 Acura NSX: Old Honda vs. Old Porsche
July 30, 2012
You'd think it might be difficult to find much drama in a cabin with fogged up windows.
But after once sitting in the driveway for 20 minutes in a 1985 Porsche 911 while its rudimentary defrost system breathed ineffectively on the windshield like an old dog before the glass was clear enough to see, I appreciate that the NSX is an old Honda, not an old Porsche.
Probably you wouldn't park the Acura NSX in the driveway anyway. Probably you wouldn't be leaving the house at 5:30 a.m on a Saturday to meet a guy from Nissan R&D at Cars and Coffee. Probably you wouldn't have to drive uphill out of your driveway full on into the rising sun and run the risk of being totally blinded and run into some car parked on the street. Probably you wouldn't be living near the beach where such a thing would happen in July anyway.
Clearly, this is not a big drama.
But demisting the windshield can be a big drama even in the summer, as I was reminded while watching the Grand-Am Rolex prototypes race at the 2012 Brickyard Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course in the middle of rain showers this past Friday. More than one car came into the pits to have its windshield cleaned by the crew chief because the driver just couldn't see since the windshield had fogged up.
After all, when the engine is at the other end of the car from the windshield, it is not entirely easy to get warm air onto the glass, particularly in a racing car. In fact, the most effective demisting device I ever saw in a racing car was a shop rag taped around a crushed Coke can and then tied to the end of the stick, and then the driver would pick the stick up on the straightaways and try to smudge the windshield clear enough to see the apex of the corners. (As I soon discovered, the trick is to keep the stick from sliding out of reach in the corners.)
But as far as the Acura NSX was concerned, I just pushed the right buttons on the ventilation system and then triggered the heater for the rear window and the windows were clear in a minute.
It is simple details like this that demonstrates what a miracle of practical engineering the Acura NSX is in comparison to other big drama sports cars, even new ones. After all, sometimes the biggest drama lies in just getting out of the driveway.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edunds.com @ 58,885 miles