• Dec 7, 2006

With superfast Imprezas and Skylines galore, Japan has produced some impressive performance cars, but only one bonafide supercar: the NSX. Honda developed the groundbreaking all-aluminum exotic with input from the legendary (and tragically short-lived) three-time F1 champ Ayrton Senna, who drove several Honda-powered grand prix cars throughout his career.

In this phenomenal video, Senna drives the NSX-R around Japan's Suzuka grand prix track (which is owned, of course, by Honda). The real treat is that inside the cockpit were mounted three cameras: one showing the steering wheel, shifter and road ahead, another on the pedals and a third on the gauges.

Regrettably, like the champ's life and career, the video is too short at less than three minutes, so savor the moment.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      About the socks: If he was wearing dark socks, as well as dark shoes and the dark pants, the camera wouldn't be able to show any of his foot-work. They're white so that we can see them!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 2002 (or 2003, can't remember exactly what year it was made) NSX-R is faster than a 360 Modena and 996 GT3.

      It isn't supposed to be well equipped either. It's a true sports car; mid-engined, no traction control, no ABS, no power steering. Just a pure driving machine, something that a cruiser like a Corvette could never be (note I'm not talking about the Z06 here, it's ridiculous to compare a new 500hp car with an old 300hp one).

      But on another note, Japan's real supercar is the Nissan R390 GT1 road car. While the NSX/NSX-R might be a Ferrari of Japan, the R390 is the McLaren F1 LM of Japan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      NSX-R is a super sport? Give me a break. I may be the fastest car Japan has produced, but it’s not nearly is a true super car league. Corvette for ½ the price is faster and better equipped. M5 is as fast, but it has a lot more than Civic’s interior. NSX will always remain an overproiced “Ferrari” wanna-be, with Ferrari “inspired” design (just a rip-off), cheap plastic and fast looking, but not driving abilities.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ["What is the suzuki?
      Is it china or india company?"]

      Suzuka is a Japanese Grand Prix Circuit. It hosted the second last race in 2006's Formula 1 season.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Back then, the M5 was a dog. It's the new, current M5 that is good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The white socks are a riot .......
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had to chuckle at all the little Japanese men sweating in their boots hopeful that Senna emerges from the car with a big grin on his face and a hop in his step. Then he just gets out of the car as if he just went for a country drive and basically says, "um...sporty, safe, torquey...yeah, whatever".

      I suppose nothing really seems all that exciting when you're accustomed to 200+ MPH in a Formula 1 car ;)

      ["What is the suzuki?
      Is it china or india company?"]

      Suzuka (
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great video!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izaWlKxVo1A

      There's another nice one, only with boring elevator music...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, and Supra? HAH!

      We're interested in sports cars, not mega-turbo muscle cars. Yeah, yeah, 1000hp, yay. Take it to the track buddy. One with turns.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Senna was a racing God. Yes, he drove Honda powered cars for a long time and was involved at some level with the development of the NSX.

      By 1993, he was driving a ford powered Mclaren, so this video was from 1992 or earlier. I've actually seen it before.

      in 1993 Ron Dennis was paying him $1 million per race. He would show up on Friday, qualify and race, and then go home. I think he won 5 or 6 races that year in a customer Ford battling Alain Prost who was driving the unbeatable (for that time) Williams Renault. Senna might as well ahve been driving a tractor. Michael Andretti was his team mate in 93 and managed one podium and a handful of finishes before he quit in disgrace.

      Senna was THE MAN and always will be.

      RIP Ayrton. You are still my hero.

      Hey Matt Dell #15 - we hang at the same car places - Grandpa Rex
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Yeah this guys really smart, no safety equipment, no helmet. sucks he's gone and I know he was good but c'mon don't drive with sandals on. There is a difference between being a good driver and a safe driver."

      It's not uncommon to not wear a helmet in a street car on a closed circuit. It's when you have an exposed roll cage that you NEED a helmet. People drive the Nurburgring all the time without a helmet.

      And, he's not wearing sandals, he's wearing loafers. Honestly I'd rather be wearing loafers than sneakers since they're thinner.

      In short, I don't see him being unsafe at all. Plus he had more talent in his little finger than any of us have in our entire bodies. I don't see how anyone could criticize him for this... especially those of you who don't even know who Ayrton Senna was.

      -Matt

      PS - to Japan, a supercar isn't defined solely by its performance. It's that performance along with its rarity and impracticality to only be a racing machine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow it's so pathetic and sad that half of posts are about Senna's socks. lol
      Is this a Barbie blog? or you all should stop by Victoria's secret when your nails dry.
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