F1 driver took Spanish media for thrill rides around Portugal’s Estoril circuit.

Formula 1 drivers clearly have an affinity for the Acura NSX. The late Ayrton Senna was instrumental in developing the first iteration of the car, and now McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso strapped behind the wheel for some hot laps in the new hybrid version.

At an event for Spanish media in Portugal, Alonso gave thrill rides in the new Acura NSX (badged as a Honda because they’re European-spec cars). While you might think a road-going car would be boring for a Formula 1 racer, Alonso told attendees the opposite.

“Driving the NSX is softer and sweeter than an F1 car because you are not searching for every little fraction of an inch, as you do in races,” he said in a statement. “It is like the difference between artistic drawing and technical drawing.”

The 2017 Acura NSX, which starts at $156,000 in the U.S., offers a total of 573 horsepower from its hybrid powertrain. A 3.5-liter biturbo V6 engine, a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a trio of electric motors work together to provide all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. The first European deliveries begin this fall.

Alonso, for his part, is currently 14th in the 2016 Formula 1 driver rankings, one position ahead of McLaren Honda teammate Jenson Button.

Source: Honda

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