Video: Kyushu-Danji NSX Shatters N/A Record at Tsukuba!

It’s not often privateer NSXs perform that well at Tsukuba’s time attack events. Because of the long straights and slow corners, the midship balance and normally aspirated motor found in Honda’s flagship doesn’t have as great an effect on performance as some might think.

Instead, it’s the four wheel-drive, turbocharged Evos and GT-Rs which tend to populate the sharp end of the field, and for good reason. With all that traction available and plenty of grunt from their force-fed motors, they are, in many ways, optimized for the specific challenges Tsukuba throws at a driver.

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The broad shoulders and purposeful stance make it clear it’s built for cornering.

That said, there are always ways around the rules. In this case, a very astute and devoted racer named Hannita has developed an NA2 NSX to deliver without boost or a driven front axle. Instead, he’s implemented plenty of sophisticated aero and a responsive motor to try and capitalize on some of the Honda’s strong points. Again, Tsukuba’s slow corners don’t necessarily favor rear wheel-drive, but the huge amount of mechanical grip allows for impressive acceleration out of these second- and third-gear bends.

Where the NSX struts its stuff is in the quick right-hander, imaginatively named “Last Corner” which — you guessed it — precedes the start-finish line. The astounding levels of grip allows Hannita to go flat out, and still have some in reserve. This aero grip can also be seen at work after the daunting Dunlop corner which, due to its tightening shape, normally pushes cars out to the edge of the circuit.

In the case of the Kyushu-Danji NSX, the entire width of the road isn’t even necessary since the car is so planted. With only a middling 400 horsepower, this normally-aspirated, aero-laden monster achieves a 56.370 lap; something most GT-Rs would be envious of.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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