Acura Releases New Details On 2016 NSX

At the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition, Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the 2016 Acura NSX, confirmed new details about the upcoming supercar that has long been in development. Klaus said the Acura NSX will have a host of world-first technology and class-leading elements. Also announced is the twin-turbo engine— it will be a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission cooled by two heat exchangers, one mounted in front of the left engine sub-radiator and the other in the engine compartment. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Acura NSX According to Acura, significant technical revelations concerning the NSX included: • The NSX has Acura's first use of a multi-material space frame design that delivers class-leading body rigidity while remaining lightweight. • World's first automotive application of new ablation casting technology resulting in world-class body rigidity for handling and control. (It’s explained below) • World's first use of a three-dimensionally formed, ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar, supporting class-leading rigidity and crash performance while providing enhanced outward visibility. • The NSX achieves top-in-class aerodynamics targets without the use of active aerodynamic elements, while its three-motor Sport Hybrid power unit is cooled through 10 heat exchangers all thanks to a total airflow management strategy that maximizes the flow of air around and through NSX. "For this new NSX development, anything and everything that could offer incredible base rigidity and lightweight design was on the table," said Shawn Tarr, principal engineer and Acura NSX body development leader. "We considered all-aluminum unibody, carbon fiber monocoque and space frame designs and ultimately engineered a multi-material space frame because it offers the lowest weight and best rigidity, precision and hybrid powertrain packaging capability of any design." RELATED: This Is the Acura NSX Type R the World Needs So, what is ablation casting? Pictured above, Acura says it combines traditional casting methods with rapid cooling techniques to offer the design flexibility and rigidity of casting with the ductility and energy absorption characteristics of extruded material. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 requires great cooling, Acura says, and receives it through three radiators: one center and two side units to get maximum airflow volume and efficiency. The center radiator is tilted forward 25 degrees, to allow the largest, optimized configuration while maintaining the strict low center of gravity targets of the NSX's Advance Sports Package. RELATED: Would You Rather Own the Acura NSX or Ford GT? ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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