The NSX had to instantly respond to human control. It's this single-minded ambition that meant changing our initial approach halfway through the project. It didn’t feel right with a V10 engine transversally mounted in the usual way, so we went back to the drawing board to design a longitudinally mounted V6 hybrid engine with twin-turbochargers.
With this dynamic change, it wasn’t just about the look and aerodynamics anymore, we had to manage the airflow for additional downforce and to cool the components. It meant the body had to be completely redesigned as well. The change caused tension at first but eventually brought the designers and engineers closer together.