Mine's R35 GT-R VS Spoon NSX-R GT 3 of 3
Top tuners in the Nissan and Honda sectors come together for the first time
on US ground. Mine?s president Michizo Niikura gives us the fastest tuned
R35 on the planet and Spoon president Tatsuru Ichishima explains the
limited production homologation NSX-R GT. Daijiro Yoshihara drives the
Mine?s GT-R and Tyler McQuarrie drives the Spoon NSX-R GT. Distributed by
Feature: Acura Winter Testing Experience
Editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine heads to Baudette, Minnesota to join
Acura's Ohio-based engineering team for some extreme cold-weather vehicle
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NSX Unleashed: 2011 Acura NSX Finally Hits the Nürburgring
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The latest prototype of the 2011 Acura NSX has finally hit the Nürburgring
and it's looking — and sounding — better than ever. Unlike the previous
prototypes — which were nothing more than cobbled-together test mules
built from the S2000 platform — this NSX has bodywork that looks close to
Although the design of the original concept didn't get favorable reviews,
it appears as though Acura has stuck with similar styling for the
production car. Instead of going for an all-out sports car, Acura is aiming
for high-end GTs instead. Think Aston Martin DB9, not Nissan GT-R. As a
result, Acura has abandoned its former midengine concept and adopted a
traditional front-engine 2+2 layout. The company is after prestige, not
That said, the 2011 Acura NSX is still expected to offer supercar
performance. According to our sources in Japan, Takeo Fukui, Honda's CEO,
has tasked his R&D team with building an NSX that's faster around the Nürburgring than both the
2009 Nissan GT-R and the upcoming Lexus LF-A.
Sounds optimistic, but according to our shooters Honda is already close to
its goal. One hand timed lap came in at 7:37, just 8 seconds longer than
the GT-R's fastest lap. Not bad considering that this was Honda's first
trip to the Nürburgring with this prototype.
Credit the NSX's formidable new power plant, a 5.5-liter V10 with as much
as 550 horsepower
and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is a slightly larger version of
the V8 that Honda will use for the next-generation rear-wheel-drive RL
sedan, and it will use cylinder deactivation under light loads for maximum
efficiency. Additional efficiency gains will come from the use of an
eight-speed automatic transmission that will feature shift paddles on the
Getting all this power to the ground will be a challenge in a front-engine
car, so the new NSX will employ a modified version of Honda's
Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system. Packaging could be tight,
however, with the big V10 up front. A combination of steel and aluminum
will be used for the chassis that will form the basis for what looks like a
relatively small car.
We have reports of NSX mules being tested in the U.S. alongside the Aston
Martin DB9, Mercedes-Benz SL550 and the Porsche 911 turbo, so this should tell you about the kind of
car the NSX will become. There's still time for changes, though, as the
2011 Acura NSX isn't expected to go on sale until late 2010. Who knows what
Nissan and Lexus will have on the road by then, but from the sound of it,
Honda is making sure that the NSX won't be lagging behind.
SPOON NSX-R GT MACAU GP - TAS 2009 PROMO
Spoon Sports 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon promo video. The exclusive footage is
from the Macau Grand Prix. http://gtchannel.com - Spoon President and
driver Tatsuru Ichishima crashes on the last lap of qualification. The
Spoon team scrambles to fix the Honda NSX-R race car over night to make it
in time for the race. See exciting on-board racing footage and never before
seen behind the scenes of Spoon's challenge! Brought to you exclusively by
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Honda Tests NSX-GT FR Hybrid
What a surprise... Nobody, and even none of the auto media could see this
coming. At a regular "Super GT Test Day" held at TwinRing Motegi on
October 2010, Honda NSX-GT suddenly showed up with no official
announcement. Honda already has HSV for Super GT. Why now NSX-GT?
The vehicle has the looking of NSX-GT, but what lies under the body kit is
a "FR" vehicle. The exact same car was previously spotted just once on
2007 when it was announced that Super GT regulation would change from 2009
and only "3.4L FR" race cars will be allowed. NSX-GT being a "3.5L
mid-ship", it was apparent that the new regulation was designed to shut out
NSX-GT from Super GT. Honda needed to make a tough decision at that time
whether to make a FR version of NSX-GT, or stop racing. The car spotted on
2007 was a result of Honda's ultimate struggle - its hood awkwardly
stretched to store engine in front, sticking Exhaust pipes from the side instead of rear, and
roof-top air intake became useless and had scaled down.
Eventually, Honda managed to survive in racing in Super GT by developing a
new 3.4L FR vehicle, HSV-010 GT on 2010. And what had happened to that "FR
NSX-GT"? There was no doubt of it being scrapped and gone forever, after
all it became a useless prototype race car. The set-up probably did not go
well, and above all, who would like to see a FR NSX?
[NSX-GT with KERS]
But it turned out that "FR NSX-GT" was still alive, secretly stored inside
the garage of Honda R&D team for 3 years. This time, it was chosen for the
vehicle to officially test KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) which
might be used for 2012 Super GT or later. To reduce development cost of
KERS, Honda volunteered to provide the car and gather data for all race
entrants, and Lexus and Nissan approved it. "FR NSX-GT" was an ideal test
car for all 3 car makers. The car was basically designed to race in Super
GT, but Honda did not develop it till the end and had never used in races,
thus lack of racing data. This was fair deal for Lexus and Nissan because
Honda testing KERS will not bring advantage to HSV.
So many people and media asked the GT Association (management organization
of Super GT) the specification of this "NSX-GT Hybrid", and later an
official announcement was made.
KERS provided for testing purpose for Super GT vehicle is manufactured by
Zytek, the same KERS supplier for F1. It can be used to Boost the car for maximum of 20 seconds to
overtake others, and can be fully recharged after 1 single lap. It is 40kw
strong and is powerful enough to drive cars solely on electric motor on
places such as pit lanes. The KERS itself weigh 50kg.
According to GT Association, the very first test drive of NSX-GT Hybrid was
done a month ago, and this was the first time to seriously test its
potential on race tracks. Test driver of "NSX-GT Hybrid" was Katsutomo
Kaneishi who was a Honda test driver in days of NSX-GT, and currently a
director of Real Racing Team with KEIHIN HSV-010. His best lap of the day
was 1.49"468 at TwinRing Motegi, only 4.453 seconds slower than the fastest
lap of the day by Lexus ENEOS SC430.
There should be tons of more tests coming, but so far it seems possible
KERS might be used at Super GT in the near future.
Honda HSV-010 RAYBRIG - Honda's next gen. NSX-GT
"Honda Music" is back!
This is Honda HSV-010 GT, the successor of NSX-GT. Due to too strong a
downforce, the top speed is slightly lower than the rivals such as Nissan
GT-R, but it's an ultimate cornering machine ever! And the Exhaust sound is even better than NSX-GT. I
miss the old NSX, but now HSV is becoming my new favorite Honda.
This video was shot on "Bridgestone Tire Test Day for SuperGT", May 13,
2010 at Sports Land Sugo, Japan.
Team Name: Team Kunimitsu
Drivers: Takuya Izawa / Naoki Yamamoto
Length x Width x Height: 4.675m x 2.000m x (undisclosed)
Vehicle weight: 1,100kg or more
Displacement: 3,397 cm3 (3.4L)
Maximum output: 500ps (370kW) or more
Maximum torque: 40.0kgm (392Nm) or more
Tyres: Front 330/40R18, Rear 330/45R17
Suspension system: Double wishbone
Configuration: Liquid-cooled, naturally aspirated, longitudinal V8
Transmission shifting method: Ricardo 6-Speed Sequential Manual, Steering
Steering system mechanism Rack and pinion system with electric power
Brake type and mechanism Hydraulic ventilated disc system
[Honda HSV - official information]
Note: "HSV" stands for Honda Sports Velocity.
Lexus LFA vs Acura NSX! - Head 2 Head Episode 13
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman takes a
closer look at the past, present and future of the Japanese super car,
pitting an original Acura NSX against the Lexus LFA.
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