Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Honda | posted March 21, 2016 10:01
Performance Manufacturing Center to exclusively build the NSX
Honda has officially announced that the next-generation NSX will begin global production in late April exclusively at the state-of-the-art and all-new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio.
The newly built PMC perfectly blends human craftsmanship and technological innovation in order to construct, paint and assemble the NSX in a manufacturing facility that’s designed specifically for its multi-material body and aluminum-intensive space-frame.
“All of the innovative thinking and hard work that has gone into the creation of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has fulfilled our goal to build a supercar in America. The incredible passion and challenging spirit of our highly skilled associates enabled us to develop and build a new supercar factory from the ground up simultaneously with the ground up creation of an incredible new supercar in the Acura NSX,” said Clement D’ Souza, the engineering large project leader of the PMC.
The PMC is run by approximately 100 people who are directly involved in the body construction, painting, final assembly and quality confirmation of the NSX along with the advanced robotics utilized by the facility.
Precision robotic weld technology is done by eight weld robots on a 360-degree-rotating rotisserie-style machine and inspected in-line by weld technicians on the spot.
Manufacturing technicians are used to assemble the powertrain, suspension, electronics, interior components and exterior body panels.
Ablation casting, a first-ever application in the automotive industry, is used to create the six nodes on the NSX space frame in order to achieve the proper rigidity for the mounts of the suspension and powertrain.
The NSX’s 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine is hand built. Each of the 547 bolt are hand started and manually tightened before the engine is balanced and broken-in to the equivalent of 241 kilometers.
Eleven coats of primer and paints are layered over highly corrosion-resistant primer using zirconium-based material in order to give it a high-quality finish.