Don’t be surprised if the next-generation Acura NSX is a fully-electric supercar.
The idea behind a fully-electric Acura NSX isn’t very far-fetched considering the Japanese automaker already has a race car using the technology. First introduced for the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the four-motor NSX race car is said to produce around 1,000 horsepower and is inspiring Acura to look into the possibilities of making it production worthy.
“The technology used on the Pikes Peak car could be interesting,” said Sekino Yosuke, Honda’s head of research and development, in an interview with Autocar. “It’s not just a competition car; I would like to make such a car in production, and there are some studies around that.”
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The race car features an electric motor powering each wheel, and Honda claims it’s the “world’s first supercar with four-wheel independent torque allocation.” That means each wheel can accelerate or decelerate at any time. Honda has never confirmed the driving range of the all-electric NSX race car, especially since it was made to compete at Pikes Peak, but insiders say it’s capable of driving around 200 miles at modest speeds.
The chances of an all-electric NSX arriving anytime soon is low, however, since the next-generation model is unlikely to arrive before 2023. But by then, battery technology should advance significantly, making it not only cheaper but more appealing to use.
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