The World’s Wildest Nsx?

After we posted a short video clip yesterday of the the LoveFab NSX undergoing some testing last year, our friends from HRE Wheels contacted us with some more images of the Pikes Peak special.  Needless to say, we felt you guys might enjoy seeing some more photos of this wild creation.

Like most of the top level Pikes Peak cars, the word “extensive” doesn’t even begin to describe the car’s body modifications. Naturally, every piece is constructed of carbon fiber with the total weight of the car estimated to be around 2,400 lbs.

In fact, aside from the roofline there isn’t much left on the car that gives away its origins as Honda’s famous mid-engined exotic. It’s powered by a single turbo 3.0 that makes 850 horsepower – with four radiators to keep things cool.

Mounted on the car’s HRE C96S wheels are 295 front and “at least” 335s for the rear – according to the specs on LoveFabs’s site.

Here’s one more teaser of the car testing on pavement at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan.

Now we just wait until August 12th to see how this thing does on the hill…

-Mike


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56 comments
ICLVN
ICLVN

Good luck to the guys at lovefab, i wonder why they didnt try out their luck in Time Attack first , or super lap ????  I wanna see that car vs FXMD NSX ..:)))  Just saying Ron J likes exotics .....

 

SpeedFreak43_PH
SpeedFreak43_PH

Never seen a crazier NSX...as in, this is the first time I'll be seeing an NSX using a hill climb setup...can't wait on how this monster will perform.

shieldsyo
shieldsyo

Holy schnikes!!!!!!! Wish there was coverage of Pikes races...

LS1RX7_owen
LS1RX7_owen

Lifesize HOTWHEELS car, I totally love it!

yessir
yessir

The "function over form" guys must be all in love now! :D

inspector_exacto
inspector_exacto

At first I thought it was a Ferrari 348GTS until I read that it was in fact an NSX

babs
babs

awesome. looks good too

Gvk
Gvk

I dislike the fact that it totally doesn't look like an NSX anymore but oh well... Very cool.

Option86
Option86

Can we at least get one teaser pic of the engine?? Just a peek!!

 

Grant B
Grant B

I wish Cody the best of luck, the PPIHC is a challenging event.

 

I do wonder though why he continues to get so much hype when....

1. This is his first time driving in a motorsports event besides at track days. (from the local news coverage i saw)

2. He hasn't even mastered building/competing a race car prior.

3. Has the technical inspector even ok'd  him or his car to race?  The rule book gives alot of space to list previous experience and i have a hard time believing its optional for someone trying to race such a high powered car up the mountain.

 

I also noticed some issues with his suspension and aero that raise some concern.

1. The front 3rd spring has some pretty questionable looking load paths.  Most appear to be far from perpendicular and can't provide even close to a linear force.  These are pretty simple concepts that should have been addressed IMO before being sent out for a pretty candy powder coat job.

2. What is going on with the front end?  I don' thtink i have seen another car that looks half as pitch sensitive as this thing.  I see a positive feedback loop happening causing some pretty dangerous undulations at speed. 

3. That rear difuser is going to have some flow separation issues since it pretty much starts off at like 40 degrees.  It will probably cause some downforce to happen but won't be 1/4 as efficient as a much smaller/shallower difuser.

 

I have helped out with a very fast NSX and even  twards the end of the cars development there were always teething problems.  Its pretty amazing how small simple things can be the deciding factors when it comes to race time.  I think this year will be a huge learning curve for Cody and i hope he didn't bet the farm on doing well at this race because i would not mind having at shot at his time in a year or two.

Golightly
Golightly

Wait, you think this is ugly? I don't, I think it's amazing looking. I think it's looks better than Tajima's entry this year. I do think Tajima is going to take the title, electric is the future of PPIHC.

SchmittaMane
SchmittaMane

Thing looks crazy...not the prettiest but original indeed.

Mike
Mike

What is that ??? Its pretty weird looking. I guess its all for aerodynamics, but surely they could have come up  with something better looking. Look at the  Suzuki SX4 pike peak car, it  awesome. Follow that design  instead LOVEFAB 

 

KiwiMotoring
KiwiMotoring

I never would have guessed that this was an NSX if you hadn't said so. 'Wild' is an understatement :)

Curtis
Curtis

Where in the hell is this years Pike Peak coverage??

Jason
Jason

Can we get a feature on the FXMD NSX, you know the one that has actually gone fast?

Chris
Chris

This thing was at WMHM this past weekend, it's even crazier in person

jjpae86
jjpae86

More info pleeeeease!!!

CASdrift
CASdrift

Oh my god, that's the most exciting race car I've seen in a while. Awesome to see new Pikes Peak contenders.

PPIHC
PPIHC

 @shieldsyo There will be live coverage through ppihc.com this year. You can watch the live stream for free.

Aaron Givens
Aaron Givens

 @yessir No, see the function guys want to see the thing actually function first otherwise its just a bunch of internet hype.  That happens about 5:1 over builds that actually perform.

motorness
motorness

 @KristofferSandnes oh lord another person that says everyone has to be positive about something that's ugly because it's function -  well Rhys Millen has proven that fast functional cars don't have to be the unholy spawn of  the world of outlaws just like inumerable others even the monster is fairly attractive. It actually does a dis service in racing to claim that styling is a moot poitnn when people spend so much time and money to incorporate it to reflect the base model vehicle. - This isnt an nsx any more than a funny car is a mustang but at least you can see something of a mustang in the shape, not true with this one.

Curtis
Curtis

Derp, just realized it was postponed.

M
M

Actually thought twas the FXMD TA NSX before reading the text and I was like WTF happened to the aero?! lol =P

pstar
pstar

 @motorness just what i was thinking. what a hideous abomination.

H05TYL
H05TYL

 @Option86 I did. Commentary from someone who knows what they are talking about is much more worthwhile to read than the other 40 replies consisting of: "it's wierd/ugly/gay looking"

KristofferSandnes
KristofferSandnes

 @motorness I think it looks, first and foremost, mind-boggling fast, and functionalfast looking to me = sexeh.

 

And Rhys Millen didnt prove shit, now i am a huge fan of his but it wasnt he who drawed that suzuki

 

SchmittaMane
SchmittaMane

@motorness @KristofferSandnes Why spend time making something look pretty that's going to be covered in dirt, constantly kicking up rocks, and possibly crash? Make it functional so that it doesn't crash and worry about looks later. It's racing not a car show, don't mean to stir up trouble just throwing in my 2 cent.

TylerS13
TylerS13

i thought the same thing lol

motorness
motorness

I hope them the best but I also kinda hope it gets trounced by the stockish looking genisis. My inner honda love has died a little with the creation of this unholy dust buster.

TougeSpirit
TougeSpirit

I agree that the lower section of that diffuser will be relatively inefficient as it is far too steep to maintain the laminar flow and allow a gradual return of airspeed to freestream velocity.  But considering the hairpin turns and likely bumps in the road this will reduce pitch sensitivity by having a greater standard volume of flow.  Also, considering it is a double diffuser, the hot air from the engine compartment will assist significantly by driving the lower section of the wing.  This is the true advantage of this design

MatsNorway
MatsNorway

 @H05TYL http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=170232

 

"6/7 degrees for 2D on a 3D with strakes you can go up to 16.7degrees."

 

This i believe is more related to wind tunnel mounted shapes. Not cars. cars got some benefits like the ground not providing friction for the air but also challenges like the ground moving and so on.

pikes peak enthusiast
pikes peak enthusiast

 @Vittorio Jano i gave a very basic description of the looks because i gathered that from what he said, he had never seen it at all or at least didn't put two and two together regarding the driver. likely ignored it because he was focusing on all the slow open cars

Vittorio Jano
Vittorio Jano

Millen's car was actually much further from LMP-car than Tajima's Suzuki. The Hyundai had a tube frame chassis where Monster's Suzuki used carbon monocoque. Sticker headlamps and grille seem to fool everyone.

PPIHC
PPIHC

 @motorness Monster is running an electric car this year. Rhys is running in the time attack division.

pikes peak enthusiast
pikes peak enthusiast

 @motorness The genesis was for the "open" class, where body mods are relatively limited. This is almost certainly for the higher "unlimited" class, where it will get destroyed by Monster Tajima's suzuki and that stupid thing Dallenbach has built. Just so you know, Rhys Millen (the guy behind the Genesis attempt) actually did attempt to win the unlimited class, using a hyundai engine in what was basically a tiny awd lmp car. The first time, a poor choice in gearbox failed him, and the second time, with the bigger wing and gearbox out of his dad's tacoma pikes peak car, he just failed due to bad luck

Anyway, my point is, if they're gunning for the unlimited class, then they're not going to have a chance without significant aero. And it will probably be orders of magnitude quicker than the Genesis, even if it's the slowest unlimited car that goes up this year


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