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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Acura NSX Could Possibly Drift



Just read on Autocar.co.uk that there may be a way to turn off All-Wheel Drive and ABS in the NSX and turn it into a drifting car.

Nick Robinson, Dynamic Development Leader of the NSX project, mentioned it during an interview about the potential NSX Type R. "There is a maintenance mode that's sort of like the cheats you use on game consoles (press up up, down down, left two right two, etc) and the cheat will turn off the ABS and all electric motor assistance.

It's not without flaws because the handling and steering will feel odd afterwards, especially the steering because it was "calibrated to work in conjunction with driven front wheels." Besides that, it'll turn the NSX into a drift machine.

In drift mode, the NSX will lose a bit of power since the dual electric motors driving the front wheels and the 47bhp electric motor located between the engine and transmission wont be in use. This will essentially turn it into a rear wheel drive NSX and with only two wheels left, that twin-turbo V6 will be sending all 500 horses to those two wheels. No ABS plus maximum power to the rear wheels may take your mind off the lack of power.

Now we just have to wait for a confirmation from Acura that the cheat actually dos exist and for someone to figure it out. A rear-wheel drive NSX will be racing at this years Pikes Peak hill climb so a rear wheel cheat for the normal production NSXs could most likely exist.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 09:14 AM
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I've heard of other cars having cheats like this; push this button and then that button and then restart this, etc. But those have been for lower end models with way less hp than the NSX. So many things could go wrong but it would be interesting to feel how it handles without the front wheels since the heavy body will be pushed by only two wheels and 47bhp less.



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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 11:15 AM
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Not sure if Acura will let know for sure but there always is that chance for the information on how to engage that mode can be done, through a leak of course. With the number of passionate enthusiasts to take delivery of these there's a good chance that leak will happen sooner, although I bet some that get it wont tell.



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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 08:57 AM
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It's a maintenance mode so maybe the dealership mechanics would have learned of it during training for the NSX.



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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 11:18 AM
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If Acura is smart they'll make sure this mode can only be engaged with dealer equipment and software, much like how it is for other car makers. That way no one outside the dealer can do it.
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If that's the case, even if it is possible the mechanics at the dealership won't leave the mode on once their done with the maintenance even if you ask and outside Garages won't be able to help either.
Does Acura already have something like that in their current cars?



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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-14-2016, 12:13 PM
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Well I can imagine that when an NSX goes in for service and getting into maintenance mode is required, that is it also required of them to exit that mode. A key motivation for them to disengage maintenance mode before leaving the service department should be for rules of following the procedure outlined, mechanics won't want to play with that, not worth the negative impact on their career.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2016, 09:49 AM
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If Acura does come out with a rear wheel drive NSx that can drift, they can get rid of the batteries and the all-wheel drive while keeping the starter motor, the flywheel and the rear drive motor as an alternator.



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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2016, 10:34 AM
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If not, what we might end up seeing drifting is a totaled 2017 NSX bought for cheap and given new life as a drift car, much like what this one well known drifter in Japan (Saito) did with a Lexus LFA

But at that point it will become a whole different animal, nothing even close to how we'll get the NSX from Acura.





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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-18-2016, 08:37 AM
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Found this little nugget on carscoops:

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Robinson also said that there is a maintenance mode buried deep inside the menus of the standard car in which the ABS and all three electric motors are disabled.
So we can access it from the infotainment system's menu?



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