Technology from Honda’s 1,014hp Pikes Peak race car, 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, might filter through to a production car soon. A fully battery-powered next-generation NSX could be on the cards. Sekino Yosuke, Honda's head of research and development, during a demonstration of the Acura EV concept stated that the company is looking at the possibility. The future car’s potential acceleration figures, combined with the NSX’s famed handling prowess, can endow the NSX with hypercar-beating levels of performance.
“The technology used on the Pikes Peak car could be interesting,” said Yosuke. “It's not just a competition car; I would like to make such a car in production, and there are some studies around that. We want our electric cars to be joyful to drive, and it is clear that this proposal, with around 1,014hp, is both joyful and uses technology that could one day reach production. We are evaluating what is possible now.”
The next-gen NSX could potentially have four electric motors under the hood. The car could go from 0-100kph in 2.5secs and 0-200kph in 6.2secs – that’s quicker than a Porsche 918 Spyder. The 4-Motor Acura EV Concept finished third overall in last year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb event in Colorado, USA. The concept is claimed to be the “world’s first supercar with four-wheel independent torque allocation”.
The current NSX has only been on sale in international markets since last year. The Type R and convertible variants of the car, however, are still in the pipeline. An all-new NSX is unlikely to be launched before 2023, when battery tech has improved significantly.