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Honda NSX burns to a crisp at the 'Ring

2014-07-28 11:36

TOO HOT TO HANDLE: A Honda NSX prototype was spotted burnt to a crisp at the Nurburgring. Image: Automedia

Honda appears to have problems with the durability of its new NSX. During a test drive in July 2014 at the Nurburgring, Germany, spy photographers captured a prototype up in flames. 

The rigorous testing regime proved too much for the prototype as it burnt to a crisp at the famous German racetrack.

It remains unclear what sparked the blaze but thankfully the two test drivers inside were able to escape uninjured, reports Automedia. By the time rescue workers managed to douse the flames, the fire had destroyed the car.

HONDA’S 458-FIGHTER

After years of hesitation and even cancelling the final development of a V10-powered sports car a few years ago, Honda will finally bring a successor to its famous NSX on the market in 2015.

The original one, being developed at the end of 1980's with the help of F1-legend Ayrton Senna, was a milestone for Honda, competing with some of the most advanced sports cars of that time.

GALLERY: Honda NSX blazes at the Nurburgring

The final production car is being tested at the Nurburgring, albeit suffering fiery durability issues.

Just like the first NSX, the new version will be mid-engined, powered by a 3.7-litre V6 driving the rear wheels. Additionally there will be two electric motors powering driving the front wheels plus one more integrated into the vehicle’s seven-speed, dual-clutch, gearbox.

This will enable it to take on rivals such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C.

Production will start in a new manufacturing center in Ohio, USA, in 2015 with prices starting at the equivalent of R1.1-million.
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