Of course there are a number of differences in the cars themselves, but I understand that the Zanardi suspension is the same as the Type S in Japan. Is this true? If so, does anyone have the info to back this up? Spring rates, Honda literature, etc?
Already did.. in regard to the Type-S the FAQ just discusses the weight reduction and says the Zanardi is "basically a variant of the Japanese Type-S"
We already understood that to be the case. The question at hand, however is where did this information come from, and more specifically, is the suspension the same as the Type-S. The U.S. press releases for the Zanardi of course do not make reference to the Type-S. If there is anyone who has information from the factory in this regard, id be very interested in seeing it.
[This message has been edited by NSXTC (edited 25 December 2001).]
Ok, this is my understanding. Disclaimer: I have a Zanardi, but I've only seen the Type S in pictures.
They're pretty much the same except for the following:
1. Zanardi has more regular steering wheel with airbag, not the momo steering wheel.
2. Zanardi has different seats (unique as far as I can tell). The regular NSX seats are more plush and leather, and the Type S seats are racing Recaro seats.
3. The Zanardi has red stiching accenting the interior, seat, etc. From pictures of the Type S interior, I don't see this. That said, the rest of the interior looks VERY similar, including the titanium colored accents and the titanium shift knob.
4. The Zanardi plaque (between the seats, kinda on the firewall). Obviously unique.
5. The Type S comes in multiple colors, whereas the Zanardi is red only.
Unless I'm forgetting something, that's pretty much it I think. It's pretty clear that Honda started with the Type S and just made some very minor cosmetic changes to it to make the Zanardi. I'm pretty sure the weight savings, lack of power steering, height, and tighter suspension are the same on the cars... I'd be pretty surprised if they were not in that it would have cost Honda more...
Which is why the license plate holder on my Zanardi says 'American Type S'