Meet the team of Central Ohioians who designed the Acura NSX, the most expensive car built in the U.S.
The g-force feels like a shove in the chest as Jason Widmer hits the accelerator of the Acura NSX. People in other vehicles turn to look as the sleek, silver rocket of a car passes them on a long, straight stretch of I-670. The most expensive car made in the United States is hard to ignore. “It’s pulling pretty hard,” Widmer tells me. “It’ll hit three digits in a very, very quick time.” Thankfully—or maybe regrettably—I only can take his word on this point.
As the automotive reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, I’ve covered the NSX project since it first went public in early 2012, but this is my first time seeing the “supercar” in action. I’m struck by the car’s surprising combination of road-hugging smoothness and spare interior design during the drive around Columbus in early May.
The driver, Widmer, an engineer for Honda R&D Americas, is part of the group of Ohioans doing the work to put the much-anticipated NSX on the road. The gas-electric hybrid—engineered in Raymond, Ohio, and assembled nearby in Marysville—is reasserting Honda in the high-performance market. If the car is received well, the Acura brand gets a big, positive boost to its image. Meanwhile, the new technology in the model can be adapted for use elsewhere in the Honda and Acura lineups.