2016-08-22

Honda NSX Right-Hand Drive Production Commences at Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio

 

Honda has started right-hand drive production of its all-new NSX hybrid supercar at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, Ohio.

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“Not only is the NSX an example of precision Honda engineering and design, the Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio is a state-of-the-art facility that defines the brand,” Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said.

Mr Collins said Australian NSX customers would appreciate the high levels of quality craftsmanship that goes into building each of the hybrid supercars at Marysville.


“Everything about the NSX has an air of exclusive craftsmanship and Honda precision about it. The master technicians at the Ohio facility embody the company’s commitment to ensuring the NSX is truly worthy of its title as the world’s most exciting hybrid supercar.” The Honda NSX has already received rave reviews by international media, including leading Australian automotive media.

“We’re very excited about the first customer cars arriving next year. The NSX will be exclusive, but an important halo car for the brand,” Mr. Collins said. Some of the five dedicated Honda Australia dealers have already secured orders for the car.

The world-class Performance Manufacturing Centre 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 supercar like the NSX.

The facility employs groundbreaking techniques in welding, body construction, body painting, final assembly and quality confirmation to ensure the highest levels of quality.

PMC technicians created sophisticated new manufacturing methods around the unique capabilities and specifications of the NSX. Innovations to the NSX construction, painting, assembly and quality confirmation process include fully robotic MIG welding of the aluminium-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-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 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 around 200 km 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 supercar realm.

Key PMC highlights:

  • Innovative blend of people and technology: throughout the PMC, NSX production is centred around the skills of around 100 experienced engineers and technicians building the NSX.
  • All-glass quality confirmation centre: A total quality approach to production is evident not only in the mindset of every PMC technician but in the very design of the facility, with an all-glass quality confirmation centre located in the middle of the manufacturing floor. This allows for technicians from every department to monitor all aspects of a vehicle as it moves through the entire production process.
  • World’s first weld technology: the world’s first use of all-robotic MIG welding employs eight robots to apply about 900 MIG welds. This surgical welding process results in a space-frame that is incredibly precise, in addition to being ultra-rigid and light-weight.
  • Craftsmanship: hand craftsmanship complements high-tech robotic processes through the entire assembly of the NSX:
  • Every bolt on the NSX is hand started by a PMC technician
  • Exterior body panels are installed manually at the end of assembly and from the inside out to ensure 100 per cent symmetrical side-to-side fitment
  • Lasers are used to find door hem edges, mudguards and door gaps in order to install all exterior panels without requiring adjustments