Many years back, the automotive world was informed that Honda was working on a replacement for the dearly missed NSX. The original car was a gem to drive with handling characteristics comparable to most supercars at the time, if not better. With the NSX, Honda engineers implemented innovative all-aluminum technology used throughout the chassis, the body and suspension. All this was powered by a mid-mounted (behind the driver) VTEC V6 engine, somewhat scrawny in the power department, but worked unbelievably well with the overall balance of the car.
But then, many purists were appalled when Honda officially announced that they were changing the configuration of the car to a front-engine layout. The mid-engined layout worked so well! Why change it?
Fast forward to the end of 2009 (I can’t believe it’s 2010 already) when Honda officially unveiled a racing version of the concept model, similar to Lexus’ unveiling of the LF-A. Racing first, production second. The car is definitely attractive in its own right. What’s the word on the specs? The HSV (Honda Sports Velocity) uses a 3.4-liter V8 engine with a six-speed sequential gearbox. The only true aspect it retains of its predecessor is rear-wheel drive. Nothing concrete as of yet as the car is solely being utilized for racing purposes thus far.