Battery-powered supercar could use four electric motors to go from 0-124mph in 6.2sec

The next-generation Honda NSX could be fully battery powered, using four electric motors to generate acceleration that could potentially carry it from 0-62mph in 2.5secs and 0-124mph in 6.2sec - making it more potent than a Porsche 918 Spyder.

The revelation that a potential all-electric NSX is under consideration was made by Sekino Yosuke, Honda's head of research and development, during a demonstration of the firm’s 1000bhp Pikes Peak race car, the NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept.

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Given the acceleration figures of that car and the NSX’s famed handling prowess, the electric drivetrain would have the potential to give the NSX hypercar-beating levels of performance, although the competition car’s top speed is a relatively low 155mph, and a production car would likely weigh more.

“The technology used on the Pikes Peak car could be interesting,” said Yosuke. “It's not just a competition car; I would like to make such a car in production, and there are some studies around that. We want our electric cars to be joyful to drive, and it is clear that this proposal, with around 1000bhp, is both joyful and uses technology that could one day reach production. We are evaluating what is possible now.”

The 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, which weighs 1.5 tonnes, finished third overall in last year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb event in Colorado, US. It has a modified version of the SH-AWD powertrain in the production Honda NSX. With an electric motor powering each wheel, the concept is claimed to be the “world’s first supercar with four-wheel independent torque allocation.” As such, each wheel can accelerate or decelerate at any time, offering maximum grip and the potential for handling-improving torque vectoring.

Although it's only required to run at full speed for around 20 miles at Pikes Peak, insiders that say it carries sufficient battery capacity to drive for 200 miles if driven at modest speeds. A production car is likely to require a broader range of talents, and the main barriers to a road car matching the competition car’s performance are said to be the weight (for safety), additional battery systems and the need for more cooling.

However, the current NSX has only been on sale since last year, with Type R and convertible variants still in the pipeline. As such, an all-new NSX is unlikely to be launched before 2023, when battery technology is expected to have progressed significantly.

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8 June 2017
That sounds like the sales pitch they must have given McLaren about the performance of their F1 engine. So when it actually comes out it will be about as fast as a golf cart and as reliable as Theresa May!

8 June 2017
McLaren are already ahead of the game in that they now have a supercar that outpaces many a hypercar from only a few years ago in the 720S. Of course I'm sure the next generation of hypercars will be of such potency that they'll make the 720S feel a bit pedestrian, around a track at least.

8 June 2017
Yes! Excellent!
And how far will it go? Ah yes: about 200 miles at moderate speeds...
Now, call me thick but what is the point of a super-car that exhausts its power-supply faster than it goes? If I want to drive at moderate speeds, I buy a 'moderate' car...
That said, I would love to be given the opportunity to try an NSX once, just once, please?

8 June 2017
Why not take one of their motorcycle engines and heavily redevelop it and stick it in to make an extreme I8

8 June 2017
The so-called reviewers here at Autocar seem to go into default mode and write glowing reviews about the Japanese marks despite the NSX being one of the slowest in terms of sales and also performance...

Honda Honda Honda.... It isn't hard to see why Ford gets such a hard time in reviews here.. Not a single negative...

9 June 2017
Factczech wrote:

The so-called reviewers here at Autocar seem to go into default mode and write glowing reviews about the Japanese marks despite the NSX being one of the slowest in terms of sales and also performance...

Honda Honda Honda.... It isn't hard to see why Ford gets such a hard time in reviews here.. Not a single negative...

Ford gets a hard time? Don't talk shite. Autocar kisses their arses at every opportunity, despite the fact that their products are utter garbage. The bias on Autocar is towards Ford, McLaren and JLR, and if anything the Japanese receive less than the praise they are due.

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12 June 2017
Isn't it so exciting how much potential there is now with electric technology going into our cars! And to think people used to say that we would never be able to get that much horse power from other methods of fuelling vehicles. I'm truly eager to see just how much further we can go with all of this advancement and progress in the industry! We are really living in the future now!

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