Acura Enters 3 NSXs at Pikes Peak
The NSX is set to receive its first motorsport shakedown
Earlier this year, production finally began on the all-new Acura NSX. With production in full-swing, the company is set to mark another milestone as it will take two production NSXs and an experimental all-electric NSX derived supercar to race at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The two production vehicles will race in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes, piloted by James and Nick Robinson, brothers from Acura's North American engineering team. The first car, competing in the Time Attack 1 class, is lightened and packs a high-flow racing exhaust. The second car, competing in the Time Attack 2 class, is stock aside from the necessary safety equipment. Nick Robinson, who is piloting the Time Attack 2 class car, is the reigning 2015 Pikes Peak 250 champion, giving the driver a slight home-field edge over his brother.
The experimental NSX is another beast altogether. According to Acura, "The supercar-inspired 4-Motor EV Concept will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano," and is "the ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel drive Electric Super Handling-AWD powertrain." The powertrain, which last year ran as a CR-Z prototype, now produces three times the total system output of last year, and as mentioned above, is now mated to an NSX body.
Acura will additionally be the official pace car sponsor, with an NSX, MDX, and TLX performing pace car duties throughout the race. "Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products," says Jon Ikeda, VP and general manager of the Acura Division. "We are excited for this year's 'Race to the Clouds' to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies—as well as an expression of our racing spirit."