Honda has announced it will campaign an all-electric, concept version of its NSX supercar in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend.
The EV concept will be powered by an improved version of the 4-motor ‘Super Handling All-Wheel Drive’ powertrain that powered the Honda CR-Z prototype to a Challenge Exhibition class win at Pikes Peak in 2015. The NSX will also be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, the same driver who piloted the CR-Z up the 20 km, 156-turn hillclimb.
“We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly,” Yamano said in a statement. “We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world.”
Honda says it has been developing its ‘super handling’ technology for more than 20 years as it looks to improve vehicle handling. The powertrain uses two separate ‘Twin Motor Units’ on each axle, which allows for independent torque distribution to all four corners. The systems works much like a torque vectoring setup in a standard petrol car, but with true individual distribution, the effect is amplified.
The standard 2016 Honda NSX is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6, which is coupled with twin electric motors on the front axle for a total output of 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. 0-100 km/h happens in about 3.0 seconds, while top speed sits at 350 km/h (190 mph).
The 100th edition of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016.