Honda is certainly ramping up its Nurburgring development program! To spearhead this effort, it brought the new NSX model to the Nordschleife track to put the hybrid supercar through its paces. With a 2015 launch, the NSX will go under the name Acura NSX for American clients and Honda NSX for European buyers.
Earlier NSX prototypes had undergone some testing as far back as 2013, but only at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car course. Now it appears to have undergone enough polishing to be ready for Nurburgring test runs. At the same time, it was reported that one of the test models actually caught fire during test runs, and a Honda spokesperson confirmed this, saying:
“Honda can confirm that an NSX prototype experienced a fire today while testing at the Nurburgring. We make safety a top priority, and fortunately no injuries occurred. We are investigating the cause but as the vehicle is still under development, we’re not in a position to share details. While an incident like this is unfortunate, the development of the NSX continues its progress toward its highly anticipated launch.”
Honda hasn’t revealed much else beyond that, but some details have emerged about the NSX. It is fueled by a 3.0-litre VETC 6 paired with front-mounted electric motors. It possesses with four-wheel-drive and Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, similar to Porsche’s 918 Spyder (one of the Ring’s current leaders).
Honda has stated that it will hit 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds and reach top speeds near 200mph. The NSX has a 2015 sale date and production models are expected to be seen at car shows throughout the latter half of the year, with various performance packages (including an open-top model) available to buyers.