The Sands Mechanical Museum Acura or Honda NSX

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Acura NSX


(I got a nice note Kevin Hulsey. He was the artist did the exposed images for the NSX.)

(The Honda NSX is marketed in the States as an Acura NSX.)

Our in building the Acura NSX was to produce a limited-production, handcrafted, mid-engine sports car. One that create a new synthesis between the contradictory targets of high and mechanical refinement. In short, a fide exotic, but one without the and reliability penalties often with this type of

The NSX would have the performance of the heavyweight exotics that are equipped with V-8 or V-12 and at the same time the quick and agile handling of lightweight cars. It would also the comfort and interior amenities of sports cars. But more than this, the NSX would enlarge the performance envelope.

the use of new technologies, the handling and performance have expanded beyond the of conventional exotic sports

When they designed the the engineering staff were rigid in their thinking.

aerodynamics require far more a low drag coefficient.

A truly suspension should offer performance, not demand it of the driver.

pavement conditions are less ideal, the NSX will probably it before you do.

Proving high and driveability are not mutually exclusive.


The engine is a 3.0 liter, 24 DOHC V-6 putting out 270 horsepower at rpm and 210 lbs-ft torque at 5300. It has intake tuning and variable timing with a technique VTEC. Redline is 8000

Qualitatively, the engine is amazing. It to the broad dynamic range of the I can drive my daughter to the local or enter the Nevada Open Challenge and the car will not complain.

In the first case I am puttering at 25 miles per hour, and the second, I am a speed of 160 miles per hour for 15 minutes.

Exotic cars are to have wonderful mechanical coming from the engine. The NSX is no but the sounds are a bit muted. On the other the induction howl at high when the VTEC opens the induction track, is inspiring.

of all the throttle response is immediate. The cam profiles contribute to good low end coupled with natural makes for immediate and impressive to a press of the foot.


The NSX was one of the production cars to provide channel independent four anti-lock brakes. There are brakes all around. The anti-lock is also used for the first traction control.

Braking distances are impressive as is This is partly due to the mid-engine and partly due to the sticky original rubber in the tires.

In practice, the system is less than The car crabs significantly, the braking stretch, and the pedal feel is The benefit of being able to in a panic situation is countered extended stopping distance.

It is to back slightly out of the anti situation and modulate the brakes to the but into lock up.


The suspension consists of independent double wishbone with springs, stabilizer bar, and pivot. This latter both front mounts of the A to pivot slightly rearward in a situation.

Steering feel is It almost filters out the bump and lets you feel the adhesion angle of the tires. Control is one of the most impressive attributes of the

Rear suspension is similar.

The is one of the best features of this It is frequently noted by the press and is the reason I bought this It is light so there is less to redirect. The tires are sticky, race tires.

The suspension allows all sorts of feedback to the taking the handling limit of the car most other cars, yet forgiving at the limit. This car is to drive quickly.

The tires are A-022 and are specially made for the The tire at each corner is They are asymmetrical and made of sticky rubber, with ZR15s in the front and 235-50 in the rear.

This is small for the measured cornering forces by this car. The 1994 goes plus one on the tires and this being the only since the introduction of the car in 1991.

engineering features

The body is all weighing 452 lbs.

The connecting are titanium.

The ignition system is with one coil per spark

There is a five speed transmission. The weakness of this car is the gap between first and second, first redlining at 40 mph. is the ideal speed for many an course, causing the engine to be off cam of the time.

The traction control a difference between the relative of the rear wheels and the direction the wheel is pointed. It will the wheel that is spinning too causing torque to be transferred to the with traction. If both wheels are spinning too quickly to the front wheels, the throttle is pulled back until the are more like normal.

The standard type scissors is cast aluminum, allowing the of the car to be below 3010. Distribution is and drag coefficient is .32.

is an example of the on board diagnostics on the car. I strongly recommen d the manual as it contains all sorts of details about the car.

and additional links

I have original sales brochures and publications about the NSX and have some of the nicer pictures I also have a CD ROM Press kit. The press kit included a CD about the design and engineering of the

It also allowed you to create own advertisment by selecting the images, and movie clips. There was a humorous piece where examined the car and participated in a round discussion with the original

Thanks to Lynne, Dan, David, and Gary for information and

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