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Honda NSX prototype to be driven ahead of IndyCar race

The long-awaited Honda NSX is edging ever closer to completion. Having shown the car as a static display at various motor shows across the globe, Honda has just released a picture of an NSX prototype being driven in anger on a test circuit.

The Honda NSX pictured will later be driven on the racetrack at the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The picture is pretty low-res, but it does give us an indication that Honda is taking development seriously and is well on the way to delivering a finished product. Curiously, it also gives us a chance to see some of the  tweaks Honda has had to make in transitioning the NSX from a concept to a proper road car.

The most obvious changes include the wing mirrors, which are now larger than the super svelte items on the show car, and a strongly revised frond end. The air intake at the side is also significantly larger than the show car and the alloy wheels appear to have been toned down somewhat. It would be safe to assume there will be plenty of other unseen tweaks to the rear as well as to the interior.

The new NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injection V6 petrol engine, assisted by a pair of electric motors.

The car will reach dealerships in 2015. Order books are open now.  

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