The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place on June 28 and is a world-renowned sporting event that features 156 corners and harrowing exposure to shear dropoffs with no safety guardrails before reaching the summit. The ‘Race to the Clouds’ dates back to 1916, making it the second-oldest motorsport event in the USA, the 2015 event saw Honda come on board with their revamped NSX in its debut as the official pace car for the event.
With the original Honda NSX first rolling off the production line back in 1990, the car never saw much change from its first generation before it ceased production in 2005. 10 years on and after endless concepts, teasers, false starts and non-committed launch dates, Japan’s first road-friendly supercar is now here. With its mid-engine, six-cylinder twin-turbo, 550 horsepower engine the car is expected to sell for $150,000 USD with the first models due to roll off the production line in late 2015.
Key rivals will be the Audi R8, BMW i8 and Mercedes-AMG GT, and Honda said when benchmarking the car it used a Ferrari 458 Italia. The NSX is unique in that it combines a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and trio of electric motors – two in the front and one in the back – to give the NSX all wheel drive capability, what Honda calls Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). A setup Honda says will provide “on-the-rails-cornering” performance.
Honda R&D Americas Inc. prepared the car with a unique livery and a selection of in-car Go Pros, to commemorate the occasion they also installed 24 cameras around the course to capture the NSX’s climb to the top. The 20 km route and its 156 turns provide for a great viewing experience.
2015 Honda NSX