Honda brand still committed to launch of green sports car

Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

Honda brand still committed to launch of green sports car

The NSX is powered by a V-6 engine that's combined with Acura's Sport Hybrid all-wheel-drive setup, a three-motor high-performance system.

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An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."

Fire began shooting from the NSX as it made its rounds on the Nurburgring. The car was destroyed, and the track was closed for more than an hour, according to a spy photographer.

A Honda spokesman says the company hasn’t “confirmed launch timing” for the NSX.

“Acura can confirm that an NSX prototype experienced a fire today while testing at Nurburgring. We make safety a top priority, and fortunately no injuries occurred,” a spokesman said in an e-mailed statement to Automotive News.

“We are investigating the cause but as the vehicle is still under development, we’re not in a position to share details.”

The NSX is powered by a V-6 engine that’s combined with Acura’s Sport Hybrid all-wheel-drive setup, a three-motor high-performance system. Honda says one of the motors is integrated with the V-6 engine and “its all-new dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, and two high-output electric motors driving the front wheels.”

Honda says global development of the NSX is being headed by engineers at Honda R&D Americas Inc. in Raymond, Ohio.

Honda is investing $70 million to convert a former seat plant to build it. The 184,000-square-foot plant is adjacent to Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.’s Marysville, Ohio, plant that assembles the Honda Accord.

Richard Truett contributed to this report.

You can reach Vince Bond Jr. at vbond@crain.com. -- Follow Vince on Twitter


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