Often times when automakers are developing an all-new model, they will buy up a couple of the competition’s cars to benchmark theirs against. Honda did this when developing the Honda/Acura NSX, with the Japanese automaker purchasing a Ferrari 458 Italia for comparison’s sake.
According to Autocar, Honda cut up their 458 when they were done benchmarking it with the NSX. The engineering team chopped the machine into several pieces in order to find out more about its aluminum construction and were really “quite impressed,” with the way the Ferrari was melded together.
The 458 wasn’t the only car the NSX was compared with prior to its launch. Honda’s team also bought a Porsche 911 GT3 for testing purposes but was found out by Porsche, with the German automaker writing “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side,” on the underside of the test car’s engine cover.