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Honda Recreates Hummingbird Nazca Line at El Mirage in New Acura NSX

Honda’s geoglyph is more than ten times the size of the Peruvian design

Conner Golden
Oct 10, 2016

In a strange marketing stunt to showcase the Acura/Honda NSX' all-wheel drive system, the Japanese automaker used its new supercar to recreate a Nazca line geoglyph in El Mirage, California.

According to Honda, using the NSX to draw the "Hummingbird" Nazca line wasn't as easy as simply printing out a diagram. Honda brought a team of engineers and technicians to pull this off, including an extremely talented test driver as the "artist." The Nazca recreation was scaled much larger than the real deal, measuring an impressive 963 meters long — over ten times longer than the 93-meter original.

To keep the geoglyph as accurate as possible, engineers projected a digital map of the drawing into the driver's head-mounted display. In turn, engineers were able to view the driver's progress in live time.

According to Honda, the NSX made 30 hairpin turns, creating a design 601,195 square meters in size. It's not perfect, but from a bird's eye view, it looks impressively close to the Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert. Between El Mirage and the Nazca desert, there are a few key differences: in Peru, the design was initially created by removing reddish pebbles and rocks, exposing the lighter colored terrain underneath. The Nazca remains a consistent temperature, and lacks much wind or inclement weather, so the original lines have remained intact for thousands of years.

It might not last as long, but Honda's Nazca Lines are still impressive. Check out the Nazca recreation in the video below.

Source: Honda

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