All-electric Honda NSX to race at Pikes Peak

This bewinged Honda NSX will contest this year’s infamous Pikes Peak hillclimb in Colorado, equipped with an all-electric drivetrain.

It’s powered by a ‘Sport Hybrid SH-AWD’ electric drive system, essentially two sets of Twin Motor Units, one on each axle. The production NSX uses a single TMU to power the front wheels, supplementing the twin-turbo combustion engine that drives the rear wheels. It’s entirely likely the expected all-electric NSX production car will use a powertrain similar to this racer’s.

The powertrain is a development of the system that took a CR-Z to victory in the Exhibition class last year, with a time of 10:23.829s. According to Honda, it delivers “independent torque distribution to all four corners” and “more precise thrust at each wheel.” Just what you need with 156 corners to tackle in 12 miles.

Pikes Peak veteran Tetsuya Yamano will drive the electric NSX, while two further cars using the blown 3.5 V6 will also compete.

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular at Pikes Peak; unlike combustion-engined cars, they don’t lose performance as they climb towards the 14,110ft summit and their instant torque is perfect to punch out of the countless hairpins. An electric car has yet to trouble Sebastien Loeb’s outright record time of 8:13.878s, but 2015 marked the first time an EV won the event.

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By Only Motors

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