Automotive manufacturers going behind each others backs to test out rival cars isn’t something new. Everyone does it. Either to develop better technologies for themselves or simply rip them off, its a practice as old as the automotive industry itself. There isn’t much a car maker can do to trace that this is happening as the test cars are obviously bought in total anonymity. Unless, one gets caught red-handed in the act.
When Honda was developing the reincarnation of the NSX, the company of course did the same. Under secrecy, Honda purchased a few test cars that included a McLaren 12C as well as a Porsche 911 GT3. When the GT3 was recalled for engine replacement and had to be sent to the dealer, Porsche quickly figured out who the car belonged to and what it was being used for at the dealership when they peeked into the car’s black box data according to Automotive News. But instead of being too noisy about the whole matter, Porsche decided to have a smirky moment with Acura.
When Honda received the car back from the dealership they found a note with “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side” written on it that was kept under the engine cover of the 911 GT3.
Now that would have been embarrassing.