Onboard with Senna: NSX hot lap of Suzuka

Published: 29 February 2012

In the new March 2012 issue of CAR Magazine we've pored all over the new Honda NSX concept car, photographed exclusively by Greg Pajo.

Don't miss Ben Oliver's eight-page feature on the new NSX to find out how Honda aims to reinvent the supercar all over again, this time with a new hybrid powertrain, and to enjoy the full photoshoot.

But all this looking ahead to the new Acura/Honda NSX made us look back fondly to the 1989 original. Did ever a supercar do more to rock the establishment?

The Mk1 NSX was a shock to fans of Ferraris and Porsches, with its easygoing nature, engineering purity and democratic pricing. Hell, it even looked different to the flamboyant Italians.

Top-end sports cars have never been the same since: Bugatti Veyron, Audi R8 and McLaren MP4-12C all owe a debt of gratitude to the Honda NSX.

It was also indelibly linked to F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who might have only driven a few parade laps at promotional events but whose name came to be closely associated with Honda's first proper supercar. In the video clip below you can watch Senna tackle Suzuka in the NSX, with masterful car control, nimble footwork and the whitest pair of socks seen this side of Stefan Roser's weekend wear for Ruf 911 Yellowbird duties.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet