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Honda leaving F1 was a huge shock, even though i prefer toyota over them. then honda cancelling the nsx project shocked alot of car fans (even though i prefer the lexus sportscar over the nsx)
now honda fans sports fans may have something to smile about, but the car might go green. which isnt to bad, just last week i watched the American Lemans Series and the hybrid protype was doing actually well. so i cant wait to see what honda comes up with.
Honda NSX development shifts to new super hybrid sports car - report
Copyright Larson / New Honda NSX artist rendering
by Thami Masemola
July 22, 2009 5:19 PM
Filed Under: Acura, Honda, Hybrid, Japanese, Rumours
The Honda NSX may yet surface but not as the 5.5-litre V10 rocket that it was initially supposed to be. Having shelved the project in late 2008 reports suggested that virtually nothing could be done by Honda to salvage it. That is until now.
It appears that automakers are steadily shifting towards the green sports car and the NSX could be the next one on the list. A rumour has surfaced that says not only is the NSX back on track but it will now ditch the petrol V10 for a next generation "valveless throttle" 3.5-litre V6 with a hybrid system.
In total the car would produce about 330kW (450PS), effectively taking it out of Nissan GT-R territory and putting it squarely against the Toyota FT-HS as well as the likes of the Audi RS 5 and the BMW M3. However the added weight of the batteries and other hybrid apparatus could negate its performance potential. So the times previously posted by the V10 at the Nurburgring might be revised.
The company's SH-AWD system is to be used and placed on an aluminium platform. No launch dates are yet mentioned, but given that the original V10 car was expected to launch in 2010, the hybrid version could follow along similar lines.
*artist rendering by Larson
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The car in the spy pics seems more like what is described in the article than a new NSX.
So perhaps it is possible that this hybrid "sports car" is what Honda has been planning along, and the idea of a real NSX replacement was just unsubstantiated rumors.
__________________ "We do not intend to withdraw from the rotary. In fact, were are now developing the next generation of that engine."
--Hisakazu Imaki, Mazda's president and chief executive, Los Angeles Times 11/11/06
I would love to see hybrid technology used to enhance a sports car. I think there is a lot of benefit to be had from a 110v electrical system and an electric motor to boost your low end.
think e-turbo and +40hp from 0-5Krpm then go look at our dyno graphs. That would be pretty frickin cool if they can get the weight and packaging under control.
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The weight I dont see as that big (Shocker!!!)
The Tesla Roadster is IIRC 700 lbs over the Elise and thats all battery. I'd estimate 400 over whatever it was to previously weigh. As long as its lighter than a GTR I won't care as much.
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I say put the renniy in the mx-5, change the final gear, upgrade the suspension and make the car a bit wider . Do the same test as Symbioticgenius suggested, he truly is a genious.