The Honda NSX- Type R Legend – AOL On

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Male Speaker: The NSX the car that Honda developed to challenge the world performance car market and we can’t speak of the Type R concept without mentioning this car.

Motoharu Kurosawa: I have never driven a car that handles this well.

Male Speaker: The NSX debut in 1990 with a mid-engine and a body made entirely of aluminum. The engineers pursue ultimate performance as a roadworthy sports car, but also emphasis comfort for drivers using this car on a daily basis. The NSX created a standard for the sports car market in the 90’s and this can be proven by looking at how Ferrari’s and Porsche’s have evolved during the last decade.

However, on the tracks the NSX wasn’t even the fastest Japanese sports car when it debut.

The opponent of the one-on-one battle was the defending champion the Nissan Skyline R32 GTR. Right after the start on the first hairpin the NSX is already losing its position.

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Nakaya: The gear ratios are too wide for this uphill, so I am falling behind. On the first hairpin I am getting a strong uplift form the inside tires.

Male Speaker: Considering that, the battle took place in a circuit with plenty of tight corners. The NSX lost its debut battle against a rival that was constructed from completely different perspective. This from the Tsukuba circuit battle against a new rival, the Mazda RX-7 which made its debut in October 1991. The NSX goes after the RX-7 which made a good start jumping to second.

Even thought the RX-7 only has 225 horses, the low weight and high cornering speed let’s it keep the top position. Although the NSX has potential the car showed big rolls in the corners a loss of traction from tire uplift, which leads to this result on the circuit.

In November 1992, the ultimate NSX was born the Hinamori Honda which was a nickname of the first Japanese F1 machine to win the Formula 1 race in the 60’s and the great grandfather of this car. The machine was given the red Honda badge on a championship white body color, a tradition of true Honda sports cars. The was given the name NSX-R.

On the official NSX-R catalog it says this model was born to run on the track. The NSX-R debut as a roadworthy car with a performance of racing car. In pursuit of performance a total weight of 120 kilos from the undercoating and even the harness parts were stripped off from the original NSX.

Furthermore to increase the driving pleasure and the controllability, two aluminum reinforcement bars were add to the front. The whole suspension system from spring and damper, to the rubber bushings and LSD were developed from scratch. Steering characteristic on circuits. In addition the tires were newly developed especially for the NSX-R.

If you look at the way the car is pitching on this country road, you can tell that the NSX-R was designed to go on the tracks. Except for the titanium piston rods used for this NSX-R, the engine specs were left untouched.


The NSX-R beat NSX in the quarter mile race by 0.64 seconds. The standard gear ratios are exactly the same. But their final gear has been node by 5% which gives the NSX-R the advantage in performance.

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