Acura is rolling out a new endurance race car that’s based on the updated 2016 Acura ILX sedan. This new racer will make its first public appearance at the 2015 New York auto show before starting off the 2015 National Auto Sport Association (NASA) endurance series in April.
The Acura ILX Endurance Racer was developed in-house and uses plenty of Honda Performance Development parts like a racing clutch, a lightened flywheel, new engine mounts, and a full racing suspension kit. It also looks ready for the track with its aggressive front splitter and rear spoiler, new LED lighting package, and blue and white racing livery.
We don’t know yet how much power the ILX race car makes, but it has been stripped out for a significantly lighter weight than the road car, and has a specially prepped interior with racing seats, a racing steering wheel, a safety cage, and a fuel cell. It will compete in the ES class of the NASA endurance series, and Acura has set a goal to win the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill race that will take place in December.
The ILX racer follows up on the Acura TLX GT racer that has found success in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge series. That race-prepped sedan debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show and recently won the GT class of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.
Stay tuned to hear more about the Acura ILX racer as it begins its endurance racing season after its official debut in New York.