Acura’s 2nd generation supercar is a twin turbo V6 coupled to a hybrid electric drive. Like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, the electrical side of the powertrain is only able to reward the driver thanks to the energy it receives from the engine.
Since the new NSX relies on forced induction to augment the 3.5L V6, our favorite turbo enthusiast has risen to the challenge of increasing the output of an already potent design. John Hennessey’s career began by modifying his daily driver Mitsubishi 3000 GT to compete in the Silver State Challenge. By modifying the fuel system and adding larger turbos he was able to make 450 hp at the wheels. This allowed him to take home the trophy after running flat out for 91 miles across the Nevada desert.
Since he might know a thing or two about making more power with turbocharged engines, Hennessey Performance is hard at work developing a comprehensive upgrade package for the NSX. Located next to Lonestar Motorsports Park in Sealy, Texas, is Hennessey Headquarters. Somewhere inside the shop, a new Acura is being reverse engineered down to its lug nuts to extract more performance.
Acura builds great cars, but at the end of the day they must answer to Honda corporate in Japan. Practicality and sensibility reign supreme in their engineering hierarchy, which often leaves room for improvement for the aftermarket. No mention of price or performance numbers have been made, but he told us we will be the first to know. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more news from Hennessey Performance.