The hybrid supercar shows off its Super Handing AWD to recreate Nazca Hummingbird drawing.
No-one really knows why the Nazca Desert geoglyphs were created. Hundreds of geometric patterns and abstract animal depictions that can only be seen clearly from high altitude were made by Peruvian tribes between 1500 and 2500 years ago, simply by digging out the dark top layer to reveal a lighter surface below. With virtually no wind and even less rainfall to erode them, they have remained almost perfectly intact and are now a world heritage site.
The drawings are thought to be an offering to the gods - or a UFO landing strip - but we will never know for sure. There’s no mystery, though, around another Nazca geoglyph that Acura has created to underline the capabilities of the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive system fitted to the new NSX.
Acura set up camp on the El Mirage salt flats in California to create a super-sized version of the Nazca drawing known as “Hummingbird.” A high resolution image of the drawing was used to produce a set of GPS co-ordinates that would form the basis of Acura’s 3166-foot (965 meter) long recreation.
The NSX is powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine producing 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton meters) of torque. While the motor itself drives the rear wheels through a nine-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, a pair of electric motors power the fronts. Working independently, they produce a torque vectoring effect in tight turns, slowing the inner wheel down and speeding the outer wheel up. Which is useful when carving through 30 hairpin turns on salt to recreate an ancient, abstract drawing of a bird.
A third electric motor fills in the gaps in the engine’s powerband, as well. Acura quotes a total output for the NSX of 575 hp (429 kW) and 476 lb/ft (645 Nm). 0 to 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) takes around three seconds.
To create the drawing, the driver wore a head-mounted display that showed the way, while the car was tracked by highly accurate GPS mapping and monitoring systems. The finished article covered a gigantic area of 6,471,203 square feet (601,195 square meters).