Mad techs at Honda’s looney lab make NSX reality

Mad techs at Honda’s looney lab make NSX reality

Honda’s first next-gen NSX supercar has rolled off the production line that was build specifically to turn it from dream to reality.

“Today marks the realisation of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio,” said Clement D’Souza, engineering large project leader for the NSX at the bleeding edge Performance Manufacturing Centre.

To say that the PMC team was let off the budgetary leash with the NSX is a bit of an understatement – but it is the only place that the long-awaited car will be produced.

The PMC was designed around a mix of human-touch craftsmanship and super-advanced tech and robotics, to produce the result that the project team demanded for the car.

If there wasn’t already a way of doing something, they just invented it. Its technicians developed 12 patent-pending technologies that needed to exist to built the car – and created sophisticated new processes and manufacturing methods to suit their needs.

Innovations to the NSX construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation process include fully robotic MIG welding of the aluminium-intensive space frame, 14 hours of meticulous hand assembly by 16 highly skilled manufacturing technicians, and a dynamic performance testing and confirmation process drawn from the company’s extensive race experience.

In nearby Anna, Ohio, at the company’s largest engine plant, master builders hand assemble the NSX’s 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is then mated to its advanced 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear direct drive electric motor.

Each NSX engine is machine balanced, bench tested and broken-in to the equivalent of about 200 kilometres of service to ensure that every NSX engine is track-ready upon customer delivery.

The engine is installed at the PMC, along with its revolutionary front-mounted Twin Motor Unit, which enables electrically powered torque vectoring, a world first piece of sorcery in the sportscar world.

First off the line

The first customer, Rick Hendrick – of Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group fame, earned the right to custom-order the first production NSX with a winning bid of $US1.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January.

All proceeds from the sale went to two US childrens’ charities, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Grand.

Hendrick drove his Valencia red pearl Acura NSX off the line. VIN 001 features exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fibre upgrades including the engine cover, roof, and rear bootlid spoiler.

“Taking delivery of this first new NSX supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organisations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group.

“It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”

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