Acura’s latest concept previewing its new NSX sports car made its European debut this week at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, and on hand to present the concept and talk about the production version was the car’s chief engineer Ted Klaus. He’s featured in the video above, answering a number of questions submitted by fans on Acura’s social media pages.
Topics include the development goals of the second-generation NSX, how the hybrid element benefits the car, and how the new NSX will maintain the character of the original launched more than two decades ago.
We’ve previously chatted to Klaus, who is based at the newly-established Performance Manufacturing Center at Honda’s facility in Marysville, Ohio. He and his team are focused on an extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio as well as advanced technology for the NSX.
The key to the car’s performance will be its hybrid system, which Acura dubs the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD). The system, similar to that used in Porsche’s 918 Spyder, combines a mid-mounted gas engine with an electric drive unit to form a through-the-road hybrid setup.
Two electric motors power the front wheels independently, while a third, integrated with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 3.5-liter V-6, helps power the rear wheels. Powering the three electric motors is a central lithium-ion battery, mounted low to the ground and topped up with regenerative brakes.
Development of the second-generation NSX is well into the prototype stage, though the production version isn’t due until sometime in 2015.
For more from the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, click here.