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…
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 .....
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.
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.
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.
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
I never would have guessed that this was an NSX if you hadn't said so. 'Wild' is an understatement :)
Oh my god, that's the most exciting race car I've seen in a while. Awesome to see new Pikes Peak contenders.
@asfasfsfd like you i presume
@shieldsyo There will be live coverage through ppihc.com this year. You can watch the live stream for free.
@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.
@Grant B I want you to know, very few read all of that.
@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.
Actually thought twas the FXMD TA NSX before reading the text and I was like WTF happened to the aero?! lol =P
@motorness just what i was thinking. what a hideous abomination.
@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"
@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
@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.
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.
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
"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.
@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
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.
@motorness Monster is running an electric car this year. Rhys is running in the time attack division.
@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