A NASCAR team owner has parted with $1.2 million (£842,500) to become the proud owner of the first production model of the new Acura NSX. Rick Hendrick purchased the car, with the desirable VIN #001, at a US charity auction hosted by Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

NSX at Auction

The proceeds from the record-breaking sale will go towards two children’s charities – the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in North Carolina and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia.

“It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura.

“Mr Hendrick will have the great satisfaction of owning and driving the very first next-generation NSX, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children.”

Hendrick is well known for his love of first-edition high-performance cars and has previously purchased the first production models of the 2010 Camaro, 2011 Camaro convertible, 2014 Corvette and 2015 Corvette convertible.

NSX at Auction

The NSX, which will be sold under the Honda name in Europe, will go on general sale later this month and boosts some impressive power. It will offer a three motor electric hybrid system featuring a twin -turbo V6 engine nine-speed DCT transmission – giving an estimated 573 bhp.

It is anticipated zero to 60 mph should take around 3 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 191 mph.

Inside, the car benefits from leather seats and Alcantara inserts, while the onboard entertainment system is cutting-edge with a large touchscreen and state-of-the art navigation tech.

Acura is predicting the NSX will compete well against the rival Audi A8 and appeal to those looking for a car that offers strong performance on track days.

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