The Goodwood Festival of Speed isn’t the only major motorsport hill climb event starring a Honda NSX or two this weekend.

A trio of Honda NSXs will be heading into the clouds of Colorado at the annual Pikes Peak hill climb, its 12.4-mile course running to 4300-metres into the sky.

Their progress is being keenly watched by NSX project manager Ted Klaus, who I caught up with at Goodwood.

They are no normal NSXs. Well, one is, but the other two are concept versions: one is all-electric with four independently controlled motors, and the other is a stripped-out version of the regular production hybrid NSX.

Klaus, somewhat of a hill climb expert himself due to regular competition in them with his father, hinted that Honda was closely tracking the progress of both cars as it decides how to evolve the NSX.

Though the NSX will be evolved; the new coupé version is just the start - Klaus refers to it as a “platform” and points to the significant investment of a new factory to build the car and the need to fill it with different versions.

Of the lightweight version, he said it was “the general direction we wish to go” with the NSX, although not in as crude a way as the Pikes Peak car, which has been gutted in a way that wouldn’t be production friendly.