Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
Warming up for a two-lap run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Acura’s running prototype of its NSX sounded much like the full-on race cars in races prior to Sunday’s Honda 200.
A running prototype of the Acura NSX rounds the last turn at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday prior to the Honda 200 IndyCar Series race. The supercar will be produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center near the west side of the Marysville Auto Plant.
It drew attention from spectators and race participants who gathered to photograph it as it rolled from its trailer and down a drive leading to pit row.
During the run, the car’s mid-mounted V-6 engine sang its song through the 2.4-mile course in the hills of Morrow County.
Not once did the driver switch to the electric-only mode of the vehicle’s innovative new three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive system.
After its run, the supercar, which will be built at the Performance Manufacturing Center just west of the Marysville Auto Plant, was loaded back on its trailer and hauled away.
Development of the NSX, slated for launch in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas Inc. in Raymond.
It is too early for Acura to release performance numbers or cost for its next generation supercar.
Sunday’s laps were the first public run for the NSX.
Spectators snap photographs of a running prototype of the Acura NSX as it warms up Sunday prior to a two-lap circuit of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)