Honda NSX-based EV Concept to race in 2016 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

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An EV Concept based on the second-generation Honda NSX will compete in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this weekend.

The EV Concept ditches the 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 and nine-speed dual-clutch transmission from the production NSX in favour a Twin Motor Unit on each axle. With a total of four electric motors, the concept is able to independently allocate torque to each wheel.

Large front and rear spoilers, and an all-new rear diffuser have been added to a body that’s based on the production NSX.

The company hasn’t provided any specifics about the drivetrain, such total power and torque output, or performance figures. These details may be released later this week, with the race scheduled to take place Sunday, June 26, local time.

Last year Honda entered an EV based on the CR-Z hatch. Compared to the 2015 entry, this year’s NSX-based vehicle is said to have three times the amount of total output, while the drivetrain’s management software has been updated to deliver “more precise thrust at each wheel”.

The NSX EV Concept will compete in the Electric Modified class against the Entropy Racing EVSR, Rhys Millen’s eO PP100, and Nobuhiro Tajima’s E-Runner Concept_One.

Behind the wheel of the Honda EV Concept will be Tetsuya Yamano, who last year drove Honda’s CR-Z-based EV that took part in the exhibition category.

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