Assuming all goes to plan, automakers test their vehicles to the breaking point in the months and years leading up to that vehicle's actual release into the public. Which is good, because it's much better for a car to break in glorious fashion in the hands of the company that produces it than in the driveway of an owner who just spent their hard-earned cash to get it.

Such was the case with this production-guise Acura NSX prototype that we saw running around the Nürburgring just the other day. We can't be 100-percent certain, but the burned-out carcass is wearing the same number plate as the car that was spotted earlier, so it's likely the very same NSX. We have no idea what was the cause of the blaze that turned this Acura into the car-b-q you see pictured above, but our spy shooters on the ground in Germany say it was not involved in any collision, having caught on fire all on its own with engineers behind the wheel.

The good news is that nobody was hurt, though the car is quite clearly a complete loss. We're sure there's another ready to to test in the burned car's place... just as soon as the engineers at Honda figure out exactly what went wrong. Have a look at the smoldering aftermath up above, and feel free to scroll down below to see a video of the car in much better circumstances.


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      GreenDriver
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is why Jackie Stewart called the ring the green hell. It tortures both car and driver.
      Jason
      • 4 Months Ago
      Probably an engine or hybrid drive related failure. Since it's at the rear, I'm guessing the engine let go.
      Sergey R
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hmm. Maybe it's just marketing? They want everyone's attention to this new NSX. They got it. Coz ppl like to see such pics/videos. Anyway I hope they will fix that issue.
      Justin B.
      • 4 Months Ago
      If a supercar prototype didn't burn to the ground at the Nurburgring I would be surprised. This is happening a lot lately and it is likely because manufacturers are pushing for every ounce of performance. Combine that with hybrid technology and it is a perfect recipe for fire.
        Johnson Kevin
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Justin B.
        Not only that, but the oursourcing that is happening so CEO's can pocket the difference is a massive contributor
          Pryz Fytr
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Johnson Kevin

          Outsourcing gives people jobs. Perhaps you meant "overseas outsourcing"? Or "non-union outsourcing"?

      CarFreak
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looks like Honda is serious about this car. Checking all the boxes for being a sports car. Does anyone know what type of wheels they are running in the rear?
      dohc73
      • 4 Months Ago
      Honda isn't making a big enough buzz about this car. This is the first news I've heard about it in quite some time. I was afraid it was quietly shelved. Good to see it's still real despite this incident.
      Ventzislav
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wonder how many miles of testing have already been done. With only a year until release, the car should already be quite developed. This is more likely a one-off rather than severe misjudgement, hopefully Honda can quickly figure out the cause, it may not be easy from the wreck.
      gatoovzla
      • 4 Months Ago
      nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo -darth vader
      Grendal
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is a rear engine car and the fire looks to have happened at the rear.
      jdeli03
      • 4 Months Ago
      Acura/Honda, you don't have to try so hard to following the R8's footsteps. All kidding aside, is that strips of carbon fiber melted from the body panel? It looks like Acura is taking light-weight very seriously.
      andy_george
      • 4 Months Ago
      Finally, an NSX I could afford!!
      KaptnKauto
      • 4 Months Ago
      Doesn't this car have some sort of new fendangled half hybrid system for the all wheel drive? Batteries??
        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @KaptnKauto
        Yeah, it's a 'through the road' type system. Electric motors up from, and another one mated with the engine and transaxle, for 3 in total. I doubt they caused the fire, though.
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          So Captain Spadaro, are you still arguing the NSX is not a hybrid like you did in the past?
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          By all means, do detail what would be "innovative" and why this system is not. Since you frequent going to Japan and talking directly with the engineers, clearly you have in-depth knowledge into this hybrid system. Inquiring minds want to know. Why is this system not innovative.
          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          No, I've accepted that it's a hybrid. Its not particularly innovative, though.
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