Engineers extensively tested the model to minimize drag and maximize downforce.

Acura NSX Aerodynamics and Cooling Project Leader, Thomas Ramsay, has provided some new insight into the car's "Total Airflow Management" concept.

Since the model was designed to minimize drag while also providing superior levels of downforce, engineers had to "totally re-imagine the exterior engineering for this modern supercar."  As part of this initiative, the team used computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to test the car in the digital world.  The automaker also built a handful of 40 percent scale models to prove the simulations in the real-world at the company's wind tunnel testing facility in Ohio.

These tests allowed the development team to optimize the car's intakes, exhaust vents, and body surfaces to reduce drag and generate downforce.  The company also used the tests to maximize cooling and efficiently dissipate heat.

Following extensive research and development, engineers determined the NSX would need approximately three times more downforce at the rear of the car than at the front.  In order to achieve this, the team installed a rear spoiler and rear diffuser.  The front end was also designed to channel air into the air intakes.

As a refresher, the Acura NSX costs $156,000 and features a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 3.5-liter biturbo V6 engine and three electric motors.  This enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque.  In terms of performance, the NSX can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in approximately three seconds before hitting a top speed of 191 mph.

Source: Honda

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