Something went horribly wrong when Acura took the new NSX out for testing on the Nurburgring.
The company took its prototype mid-engined hybrid supercar out for testing at the famous German track this week and it didn’t go well. Word from our spy photographer is that the driver wasn’t harmed, but the same is – obviously – not true of the car. Honda is using its new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in tandem with a hybrid powertrain to propel the car. Two electric motors power the front wheels while a third electric motor works in the rear.
That combination is expected to produce somewhere in the ballpark of 500 to 525 hp, although Acura hasn’t officially confirmed those numbers. A company spokesman wasn’t available to comment on the incident at the time this story was published.
Production of the new NSX is expected to begin in February, 2015 at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio facility.
Update: Honda representative Jessica Fini replied to an e-mail inquiry with the following statement.
“Acura 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.”
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