Absolutely not true. Amazing how these rumors fly around.Originally posted by jsmernoff:
Heard anecdotal evidence (ie. instructor at last NSXpo event watching 3 track prepped NSXs crash)
At NSXPO 2001, there was only one "incident", a low-speed off-track excursion by a stock NSX resulting in minor front-end damage. In fact, the track management at Road America (where there are two BMW CCA events every year) said that our event was the safest they have seen in a long, long time. Windy City BMW (our local chapter, whose track events are noted for their rigorous safety procedures) holds a track event there annually, and it was incident-free only one time in the past 22 years.
That being said, all cars are prone to oversteer when the throttle is lifted suddenly, and the NSX is no exception. Mid-engine cars, by their geometry, are easier to spin, due to a low polar moment of inertia (this means that the weight is in the middle instead of toward either end of the car). The NSX isn't normally prone to oversteer, but if you lift suddenly in a turn, it is more likely to spin than some other cars.
The other thing that the NSX is susceptible to is that the OEM tires, which are sticky and handle great, do quite well on wet pavement as long as they have plenty of tread; however, when they are worn close to the tread indicator bars, they become more susceptible to hydroplaning, so additional caution on wet pavement is required. Perhaps your tires are getting worn? This could have contributed to your incident.