Hendrick’s Valencia red pearl was first
The first, and probably most valuable, 2017 Acura NSX rolled off the line at the company’s Marysville, Ohio, plant on Tuesday. It will go to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who paid $1.2 million for it at the Barrett-Jackson auction in February. That money went to two charities: Camp Southern Ground and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Mr. Hendrick specified a Valencia red pearl NSX featuring interwoven wheels, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara trim, and carbon-fiber upgrades for the engine cover, roof and rear spoiler.
“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”
The body comes out of the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, but the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 comes from the company’s Anna, Ohio, plant. To recap, that engine — along with two electric motors — produces 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. The two motors drive the front wheels, while the mid-mounted V6 drives the rears. A nine-speed transmission sends power through the NSX’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, making it good for a 0-60 time of three seconds flat and a top speed of 191 mph. We tested the new NSX last October in Sonoma, California, and the surrounding areas.
Hendrick has quite a nice car collection already, and by “quite nice” we mean one of the best in the world. He also owns the first 2015 Corvette Z06, the first 2012 Camaro ZL1, the first C7 Corvette, the first 2016 COPO Camaro and the first 2016 Camaro SS, among others.