Visiting the Acura NSX Factory and Honda Heritage Center
Ohio facility uses the best and brightest talent to create its most powerful performance machine.
Believe it or not, it’s possible for supercars to come from normal places. While it’s tempting to imagine Aston Martins emerging from a mist-shrouded English castle, or Ferraris charging their way out of the Roman Colosseum, the reality is that they come from factories, just like the Acura NSX. The difference is that the Japanese supercar is made right here on U.S. soil at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.
In the above video, Lauren Fix (aka The Car Coach) and Paul Brian visit the 150,000 sq. ft. facility with cameras rolling. Only 70 highly skilled (and carefully chosen) employees get the responsibility of assembling the hybrid halo car and bringing it to life. Clearly, one thing they don’t get to do is be sloppy. Brian says he’s undergone surgery in a place that wasn’t as clean as the PMC.
As you’d expect of a car with a starting price of $156,000, the NSX is the product of advanced machines and the discriminating hands and eyes of human beings. Fix says the bolts that hold the 573-horsepower/476-lb-ft road rocket together are started by hand. After its various welds are laid down, employees check them by hand to make sure they’re just right. NSX buyers can put a few of their own touches on their personal cars at the PMC, too – including placing the Acura badge on the back end.
While they’re in Marysville, Fix and Brian make sure to visit the Honda Heritage Center. Of course, both generations of the NSX are there, but so are tiny Honda hatchbacks of yesteryear, racecars, and motorcycles. A certain camera-eyed humanoid robot also calls the Honda Heritage Center home, too…