Friday, May 24, 2024

Ayrton Senna's very own Honda NSX is looking for a new owner

Ayrton Senna was not only one of the most legendary Formula 1 drivers of all time, he was also involved in the development of the first Honda NSX. Now his own car must find a new owner.

Because he died at the far too early age of just 34 during the Italian Grand Prix in 1994, Ayrton Senna managed to become Formula 1 world champion three times.

He also managed to take part in the development of the first Honda NSX. In fact, the Brazilian played a decisive role in the development of the car.

At Senna's request, Honda, for example, made a huge tightening before serial production of the NSX was started in 1990.

And now the messy copy he himself owned must find a new owner. Senna owned two more NSXs. But now one has appeared with a "for sale" sign in the windscreen (which, by the way, is illegal in some places – read more here) and an outrageous price.

Today, the car will cost a staggering 500,000 euros if the owner, who lives in England, is to let it go. This corresponds to 3.8 million Danish kroner.

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But it is not because the car has stood still since it was registered in Senna's name in 1991, when the Formula 1 star lived in Portugal. The car has chassis number 233.

The trip counter in the speedometer shows that the 3-litre V6 engine, together with the rest of the car, has covered 62,000 kilometres. Well, it's not much in the 33 years that have passed since.

The V6 engine otherwise ensured that the NSX was good for 274 horsepower and 283 Nm. Enough that 0 to 100 km/h is a discipline over in 5.6 seconds.

The NSX's core characteristics meant that it ran circles around the mighty Ferrari Testarossa. In any case, the Italian V12 couldn't keep up with Honda's half as many cylinders around the Nürburgring.

In fact, the Japanese sports car was over 1 minute and 1 second faster than the Ferrari around the track nicknamed 'the green hell'.

Senna never got to see what the NSX ended up becoming. Honda otherwise had plans for the next model to have a V10 engine. But it was dropped. And today, the Honda NSX is not found in the model range at all.

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