RealTime Racing Acura TLX to Take on Pikes Peak Hill Climb
RealTime Racing TLX converted to Pikes Peak racer for 2018.
Unlike thoroughbreds, most race cars don’t get put “out to pasture.” Instead, most continue to race in some capacity. In 2017, RealTime Racing retired the Acura TLX cars that had raced for several seasons in Pirelli World Challenge. Team owner Peter Cunningham retired from PWC competition along with the TLX. Both have returned to racing, however; in less than two weeks, Cunningham and the TLX will attack the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
While Cunningham owns nine PWC class championships, this will mark his first trip up Pikes Peak. RealTime campaigns a brand-new NSX GT3 this year, but Cunningham will drive the all-wheel-drive, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 version of the TLX up the famed Colorado mountain. The engine closely relates to the LMP2-class engine built by Honda Performance Development.
The RealTime TLX wil compete in the Pikes Peak Open class, which allows a variety of machinery. That includes several 1970s Porsches, a tubeframe Trans-Am Series Ford Mustang, a 900-horsepower NASCAR cup chassis, and even an R32 Nissan Skyline.
Many of those class competitors have raced at Pikes Peak and hold an advantage, but the turbocharged engine could make a difference for Cunningham. The high elevation near the course’s end tends to sap power in naturally aspirated cars. Additionally, the TLX is one of just two all-wheel drive cars in the class. That should help launch the Acura out of Pikes Peak’s tightest, slowest corners.
RealTime make up just one of three entries from Acura Motorsports at Pikes Peak. In the Exhibition class, Honda engineer Nick Robinson will campaign a brand-new street-spec 2017 Acura TLX A-Spec. Nick Robinson won the 2016 Time Attack 2 class as a rookie in a 2016 Acura NSX. That car beat out Hot Rod Magazine’s Dodge Viper ACR for the class win.
Nick’s brother, James Robinson, will also compete in the hill climb. James will drive a 2017 Acura NSX in the Time Attack 1 class. With 23 cars, Time Attack 1 makes up the more than one-third of the whole field.