Take a look inside the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.
Supercars tend to be made in Europe – in areas like Modena, Stuttgart, and the English county of Warwickshire. Sometimes in Japan, as was the case with the Lexus LFA, Nissan GT-R, and the original Acura NSX. But for the new NSX, Honda took the unusual step of setting up a specialized workshop in Ohio, right here in the United States.
And as you can see from this behind-the-scenes video, it's a facility almost as impressive as the hybrid supercar it builds – which is saying a lot, considering all the tech that's gone into the new NSX.
Like the plant that handles the Accord and a slew of other Acura models, Honda's Performance Manufacturing Center is situated in Marysville (near the state capital of Columbus).
The facility was built specifically to handle production of the NSX, and its unlikely location in the American Midwest (about three hours south of Detroit) isn't the only thing that sets it apart from its European counterparts. Billed as "one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities,” the PMC exclusively uses robotic welding machines to put the NSX's chassis together – but almost everything else is done by hand, from bolt-fastening to the movement of components (allowing for more customization).
Each engine is also assembled by a single "master builder” at the engine plant just an hour down the road in Anna, Ohio. The most impressive part, however, may be the paint shop, which applies finishes three times as thick as that on most production cars.
And it's not just the NSX that benefits, either: the facility also puts the finishing touches on the TLX PMC Edition, and with any luck, maybe we'll see a successor to the S2000 coming out of Marysville as well, just like the original was built alongside the first-gen NSX.