2016-05-24

First Serial Production of Honda NSX Rolls off the Line at Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio

Honda today celebrated the highly anticipated line-off of the first serial production NSX at the new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.

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The PMC is the exclusive manufacturing home for the next-generation NSX, the only supercar made in America.

“Today marks the realisation of a big dream here at the PMC and the culmination of more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and expertise here in Ohio," said Clement D’Souza, engineering large project leader for the NSX.

“Our world-class team of expert technicians, through their passion, has realised major innovations in the design and manufacturing of a next-generation supercar that truly delivers incredible precision crafted performance.”

The first customer, Rick Hendrick, earned the right to custom-order the first production NSX with a winning bid of $US1.2 million at the internationally known Barrett-Jackson car auction in January. All proceeds from the sale went to two US childrens’ charities, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Grand.

Hendrick drove his Valencia Red Pearl Acura NSX off the line. VIN 001 features exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fibre upgrades including the engine cover, roof, and rear decklid spoiler.

“Taking delivery of this first new NSX supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organisations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group.

“It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”

The PMC was designed to blend human craftsmanship and advanced technologies to assure superior build quality and precision crafted performance. The PMC is home to master technicians who developed 12 patent-pending technologies and other advanced methods of producing a made-to-order supercar. PMC workers created sophisticated new manufacturing methods around the unique capabilities and specifications of the next-generation NSX.

Innovations to the NSX construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation process include fully robotic MIG welding of the aluminum-intensive space frame, 14 hours of meticulous hand assembly by 16 highly skilled manufacturing technicians, and a dynamic performance testing and confirmation process drawn from the company’s extensive race experience.

In nearby Anna, Ohio, at the company’s largest engine plant, master builders hand assemble the NSX’s 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is then mated to its advanced 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear direct drive electric motor. Each NSX engine is machine balanced, bench tested and broken-in to the equivalent of about 200 kilometres of service to ensure that every NSX engine is track-ready upon customer delivery. The engine is installed at the PMC, along with its revolutionary front-mounted Twin Motor Unit, which enables electrically powered torque vectoring, a world’s first capability in the sports car realm.

NSX development involved a global R&D team led by engineers at the Ohio Centre of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio, near the PMC. The final design was created at the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., based on an original concept from the Wako Studio in Japan. 

About the NSX

Created to bring a new experience to the supercar segment, the next-generation NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as the first generation NSX did a quarter century ago, the new NSX breaks the mold through a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive power unit, a multi-material body structure, advanced aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports performance driving on every level without sacrificing comfort. The new NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. and is produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts. The NSX engine is manufactured at the Anna, Ohio engine plant, also using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Full Australian specifications and details on the NSX will be released closer to launch later this year.