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Honda NSX-GT Race Car Makes Tokyo Auto Salon Debut
Apr 24, 2014 - 1:57 PM - by Administrator

Making its first public appearance at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Honda NSX-GT will soon compete in its first season of Japanese Super GT racing, a year before the street car goes on sale.

The racer is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine equipped with a racing hybrid system. Previously, cars racing in the series used a 3.4-liter V8, but new rules coming into place starting this year will see them move to smaller engines.

It’s quite the contrast on what we’ll see in the production NSX, which will be a twin-turbo V6 hybrid featuring the brand’s Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Joining the NSX-GT at the Tokyo Auto Salon is the CR-Z GT race car, which won the driver’s and team championships in the GT300 class of last year’s Super GT Series.
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Everything You Need to Know About the First Turbocharged Ferrari Engine in Decades
Mar 13, 2014 - 9:26 AM - by AutoGuide.com

The Geneva Motor Show always plays host to a throng of exciting ultra-high-performance automobiles and this year’s installment was no exception. Lamborghini revealed its sultry new Huracán, McLaren unwrapped the alluring 650S and even Pagani’s outlandish Zonda Revolución made a showing. But the folks in Maranello, Italy were not to be out done.

Ferrari’s new California T bowed in the French-speaking Swiss city. This drop-top GT car features a number of significant enhancements over its predecessor. It’s been restyled, gains a new steering box as well as updated magnetorheological dampers that supposedly react 50 percent faster than the units supporting today’s version of the car. But all these reforms are just icing on the cake; the California T’s biggest news is in the engine compartment.

“T” Stands for “Turbo”

The car is powered by a brand-new 3.8-liter V8 that features a duet of exhaust-driven blowers; it’s the first turbocharged Ferrari in literally decades.

This engineering masterpiece delivers a 552 hp stampede along with 523 lb-ft of torque. With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the California T can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 3.6 seconds. But just because this engine is turbo-boosted doesn’t mean it can’t spin freely; redline is a lofty 7,500 rpm. Making a delicious combination even sweeter the car is approximately 15 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Magnificence Is Not Happenstance

To learn more about this exciting powerplant we didn’t mess around, instead we went straight to the man in charge, one of Maranello’s magicians. Roberto Fideli is technical director at Ferrari and he graciously sat down with us for an in-depth interview.

Sequestered from the din and buzzing energy of the Geneva Motor Show, Fideli walked us through the ins and outs of this force-fed powerplant.

From day one, the company had three distinct goals in mind while developing this engine; it had to be efficient, sound like a Ferrari and deliver razor-sharp throttle response, plus it still had to provide supercar performance.

“We had a very big challenge because we were very happy about natural-aspired engines and we had a lot of ideas to develop natural-aspired engines,” Fideli explained. However, due to increasingly stringent fuel-economy and emissions regulations a classic Ferrari engine with lots of cubic inches (or centimeters) and a mile-high redline wouldn’t cut it in this application. A combination of downsized displacement and turbo boost was the answer. Fideli said “we think that this is the only technology that will allow us to do it without losing power and torque,” that is, to deliver an appropriate driving experience along with reduced fuel consumption.

“If we don’t find out a technical solution we can’t go in the market with a product that’s not our product” said Fideli; it took them quite a long time to get everything just right.
To read Everything You Need to Know About the First Turbocharged Ferrari Engine in Decades visit AutoGuide.com.
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Geneva Motor Show Preview
Feb 28, 2014 - 4:13 PM - by AutoGuide.com
<span lang="EN-CA">Geneva Motor Show Coverage</span>

Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.

More: Geneva Motor Show Coverage on AutoGuide.com
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is this the NSX's?
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:41 AM - by nexus
Honda Performance Development will be supplying a new 3.5L TT V6 prototype engine (HR35TT) to Starworks Motorsports to run in the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring.

Honda also supplies Extreme Speed Motorsports with powerplants, albeit not this prototype.

Honda HR35TT V6 Engine

Engine Type: Aluminum alloy, twin-turbocharged, direct fuel-injected V6
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
Crankshaft Alloy steel
Pistons: Forged aluminum, low-friction coatings
Connecting Rods: Machined alloy steel
Engine Management: HPD/McLaren
Ignition System: Digital inductive
Lubrication: Dry sump system
Cooling: Single mechanical water pump
Fuel: E10 100-101 octane gasoline, 10% ethanol

I do wonder if Honda is getting some real world testing done on their flagship engine? Lexus pulled an identical move with the FC-F's 5.0 V8...
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3D model of the 2015 Acura NSX is loads of fun
Feb 12, 2014 - 1:15 PM - by mr.smith
While Honda/Acura continue to tease us with NSX prototypes, Sketchfab user Xelus has done something a bit more worthwhile by putting together this 3D model of the NSX. You can spin the car around and zoom into see details. All in all its a pretty fun thing to waste some time with.

Just click on the picture below and you will be linked to the full 3D model.

This guy must have a lot of time on his hands to model the NSX in such detail.

Honda NSX Concept 2013/14 (click to view in 3D)
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