Acura NSX catches fire during 'Ring testing
Acura\'s NSX development is not going well.
A prototype for Acura's upcoming NSX super has burned to the ground while testing at Germany's famed Nurburgring. The accident comes just two days after Acura began testing the NSX around the 'Ring.
Reports on the ground are a little thin, but the fire was reportedly the result of a mechanical mishap rather than some kind of collision. Bystanders say the NSX prototype was shooting flames from its rear section as it approached the Pflanzgarten section of the Nurburgring.
The two engineers aboard were able to pull to the side of the track and escape over a nearby retaining wall before the car was engulfed in flames. No injuries have been reported, but the mess did take about an hour to clean up.
Although pure speculation at this point, it's likely that the fire was somehow related to the NSX's advanced powertrain, especially considering the blaze started at the rear of the car. The NSX utilizes a hybrid powertrain that employs three-electric motors and a gas-powered V6. Recent rumors have also indicated that the NSX might use a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder, which would only increase the system's complexity.
We'll be sure to update this space as more information becomes available.