Supporting youth education in the United States.
In just over one week, Acura will debut a new hardcore version of its NSX hybrid supercar. The 2022 Acura NSX Type S was teased for its Monterey Car Week debut, and just two days later, the first example will cross the auction block at Mecum. VIN#001 will sell at Mecum Auction's Monterey, California event, broadcast live on Peacock and the NBC Sports Network. All benefits from the sale will support charity, in this case, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education program for underserved children in the United States.
We can think of no better car to help raise money for STEAM education, as the NSX is a technological tour de force. Its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is highly advanced, especially when paired with an electric motor at the back and two more electric motors mounted on the front axle to create an all-wheel-drive system.
Acura will only build 350 units of the NSX Type S for the whole world, all assembled at the company's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio. Of those 350 units, 300 will come to the US, while the rest of the world gets to fight over the other 50. VIN#001 hasn't been built yet, so whoever wins the auction will have the opportunity to custom order the car to their exact specification.
The money raised from the sale will fund more than 20,000 COSI Learning Lunchbox STEAM Kits to students ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade. These kits are aimed at underserved youth and contain educational activities to stimulate their education.
"Acura is proud to help inspire America's next generation of designers, engineers, and manufacturers through the expansion of STEAM education in underserved communities," said Jon Ikeda, Vice President, and Acura Brand Officer. "We hope to help them discover the possibilities of their own futures, especially those students who have not had sufficient access to these types of programs due to COVID and other socio-economic factors."
The first 2017 NSX sold for $1.2 million at auction back in 2016, with the funds supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. We anticipate this Type S model could sell for much more.