Honda Produces Hybrid Supercar in Marysville
As we wait for the specifics on Acura’s forthcoming NSX model, we can take a look back at the recently-departed hybrid supercar which was created at Maysville, Ohio. This video gives us a virtual trip to the Performance Manufacturing Center, situated within Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant. Every example of the second generation NSX was crafted here, as well as such models as the Acura Integra, Honda Accord, and Acura TLX.
The NSX exhibited a combination of aluminum spaceframe construction, with 3D-folded and hardened ultra-high-strength steel, interspersed with recast nodes, and carbon fiber components. Notwithstanding the intricate design of the vehicle, it only took about three days to manufacture.
The structure of the automobile similarly is constructed from a combination of lightweight composites and aluminium; additional, more up-to-date versions boast a carbon fiber roof. The majority of welding work is accomplished with automatic arms, thus rendering the body-in-white assembly process extraordinarily programmed. The frame is looked over with superior metrology tools that guarantee quality after assembly is achieved.
Following body in white assembly, the external finishing touches are applied to the shells inside the painting chamber. Both automated robotics and manual labour contribute to this job, with the majority of tasks being done by the robots. The colour is then allowed to set and dry under a bright oven light for a time period of minutes. For the exclusive paint of the limited edition Type S car, though, an even more intensive process had to be followed.
The following step is putting in the engine, suspension, and braking system, all of which are affixed to the frame. The nuts are tightened based on the manufacturer’s requirements using a torque wrench.
If one is to recall, the NSX is equipped with a 3.5-litre twin-turbo hybrid V6 that has the capacity for an impressive collective output of 600 horsepower in its Type S manifestation. Upon completion of construction, specific tightening techniques and assessments are applied, combined with trials and quality checkups before delivery in order to guarantee the highest workable performance. The engines are submitted to checks on a test bed to investigate any irregularities like drips of fluid or strange standards.
The last Acura NSX had been produced in the guise of its 350th Type ‘S’ edition during the previous year. Meanwhile, what appears to suggest concerning the upcoming NSX incarnation is it will be an all-electric variant, so new molds or another production facility may have to be put into deployment.