Video: Honda NSX

Take a tour of the supercar's aerodynamics with its performance engineer Jason Widemer

Driving a vehicle over 300km/h might be hugely exciting, and at times take your breath away, but it also requires engineers to pay infinite attention to the flow of air into and over the car.

Making sure that balance between smooth airflow and channeling enough air into the powertrain in order to meet performance targets is key.

The second-generation Honda NSX is no different. The hybrid supercar has a top speed of 308km/h which means controlling airflow is a challenge. There are seven different primary heat sources in the NSX – the 3.5-litre V6 engine, two turbochargers, the nine-speed DCT, the power distribution unit and two electric motors. So providing efficient cooling to each of these elements meant that airflow is managed through 10 different heat exchangers. That adds complexity.

There are openings at the front of the vehicle to supply airflow across the heat exchangers at the front. While at the rear six vortices flow, including those that support downforce across the deck lid.

Take a tour of the Honda NSX's aerodynamics with Jason Widmer, performance leader for the vehicle, below:

tags: Honda High Performance