Back in 2013, Honda announced that, in order to build its new NSX in true supercar fashion, it would spend $70 million on turning a 184,000 square foot former logistics facility into its Performance Manufacturing Center, right in the middle of its existing Ohio R&D base.
At this dedicated factory, Honda can build eight to 10 NSXes per day, mostly using the skills of its hundred-strong assembly team. And while its true that 2018 came to an end with just 170 NSX sales, the upgraded 2019 model is here to show you what value for money is at the supercar level.
During a recent trip to the U.S., of the Performance Manufacturing Center with their cameras on so we could learn the full process:
The NSX's life begins with a trio of robots welding its aluminum space frame to the monocoque component of the chassis, at an accuracy of 0.1 mm. Honda uses thinner A-pillars made of steel to improve visibility, which are bolted to the aluminum after the surfaces have been treated against the galvanic corrosion triggered by the different metals. While the roof and the floor panels are made of carbon fiber that needs to be glued to the metal, overall fit and finish is measured at 500 locations to ensure perfection. Honda's paint shop robots use around 4 gallons of your chosen color to achieve up to eleven coatings, while the manual installment of the equally hand-built twin-turbo V6 takes over an hour.