After showing off a few more color options for the NSX, Acura has highlighted several manufacturing innovations that will help the company build its new sports car.
The next-generation NSX will be built at Honda‘s new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The campus currently builds the Accord sedan and coupe, along with the Acura TLX and ILX.
Approximately 100 engineers and technicians can monitor the production process via an all-glass quality confirmation center, located in the middle of the manufacturing floor.
The company claims to be the first to implement an all-robotic MIG welding process, utilizing eight robots to apply around 900 welds to each vehicle. Many are used in the car’s space frame, providing a higher level of precision to the lightweight structure.
Human workers also play a central role, hand-starting every bolt on the NSX. Body panels are also manually installed at the end of the assembly line, from the inside out to guarantee symmetrical fitment. Lasers are employed to help align the panels without the need for adjustment.
The NSX’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine is built at Honda’s nearby Anna, Ohio, engine plant. Each powerplant requires over six hours of hand assembly, while each hybrid power unit is bench-tested and run through the break-in period before leaving the factory.
The company has already begun trial assembly, with full production to start in spring 2016.