2015 Acura NSX Hits Nürburgring, Burns to the Ground

When Honda announced the 2015 Acura NSX a few years back, they skipped the Chicago Auto Show and headed straight for Mid-Ohio raceway. Once there, the early mule sped past the cameras and made a compelling case for itself as more than a pretender to the first-generation’s undisputed, Ayrton Senna-blessed seat in the sports car pantheon. Fast forward to 2014, and the new car is nearly here- but before it bows publicly, Honda tool it to the legendary Nürburgring for some final proving.

While there, the 2015 Acura NSX hybrid prototype blasts past a few BMWs and even a MK4 Toyota Supra (one of the first NSX’ only real competitors), all while looking very racy. Almost as if it had benefitted from some kind of competition testing? Some kind of racing improves the breed program?

Could be!

Even so, it’s important to note that this was a prototype of the upcoming 2015 Acura NSX. Doubly important for Honda’s PR people to make that point, as well, since – er … the car kind of sort of caught on fire and burned to the ground, trackside.

So, yeah- that’s bad.

But, is it totally unforgivable? What do you guys think? Are these kind of teething problems the new normal for all EVs or just high-performance hybrid super cars? You can check out the pre-flambé version of the new NSX testing in the video at the top of the page, and see the charred aftermath, below, then let us know what you think about the car’s hot new look in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

2015 Acura NSX Fire

Source | Images: OppositeLock.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.