Acura has dropped the first official images of the NSX-based EV Concept, which will tackle this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Developed by Honda’s R&D department, its four electric motors with separate Twin Motor Units (TMU) on each axle, described by the manufacturer as “the brains of Sport Hybrid SH-AWD”, provide independent torque distribution.
The concept car has the world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation, Honda said in a press release. Compared to last year’s model, the powertrain on the Acura produces three times the total system output. This year, it is mated to an NSX body.
The EV system is an evolution of the one in Honda’s electric CR-Z for Pikes Peak last year, featuring true four-wheel torque vectoring from the Twin Motor Units on each axle acting as the brains for the electric motor powering each wheel.
Honda has actually been developing its AWD tech for the past 20 years and in this application it features high-output electric motors and 4-motor torque vectoring, factors that’ll make this concept very well-suited to Pikes Peak’s 156 challenging corners. But could this EV technology find its way one day to a production-spec all-electric NSX? Judging by how fast EV tech is progressing, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Honda/Acura green light such a car.