Acura Storms Pikes Peak with Race Lineup
Acura Reveals Pikes Peak Race Lineup.
Acura Revelas Pikes Peak Race Lineup
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race competitors will once again seek the challenge of navigating Colorado’s 14,115-foot summit course when they get behind the wheel on June 30. Exceeding the expectations of the notable performance by three NSX hybrid supercar race teams last year, to a total of five entrants in 2019, Acura will once again set the stage to dominate the competition.
Winning on their mind
Offering more in the way of twists and turns than ever before, Pikes Peak presents the ultimate sports racing scenario, creating the conditions for each driver to excel in performance. Acura is scheduled as a lead challenger, with the NSX team listed under Time Attack 1; the MDX and RDX listed under Exhibition Class; and TLX GT listed under Open Class. If all goes well, Acura stands to score three wins this season. The roster for the Pikes Peak Race Lineup racers is as follows:
When a pro is needed
RealTime Racing, driver Peter Cunningham will be driving the Acura TLX GT vehicle. Designed to specification for the purpose of road racing. Cunningham took the class win in 2018. This entrant is the one to a watch. Certified professional Acura engineers will drive and crew the NSX, MDX, and RDX teams.
Not one but two
Two NSX cars will be driven by Pikes Peak veterans, and Acura engineers James and Nick Robinson and Nick Robinson. Taking the opportunity to performance test a “time attack” modified NSX hybrid supercar against a production stock model with only minor safety alterations, the duo hopes to establish a new record. Weighing 200 lbs. lighter than the production stock model, the “time attack” NSX is mounted with a 625 hp engine, 52 hp higher than the original.
Built for performance
Distinct from the non-hybrid MDX, the modified Sport Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 entrant will be powered by a 400 hp engine with 350 pound-feet of torque rather than the 321 hp production stock model for accelerated climbing and speed on the course, this performance model is also stripped down for weight reduction, and few inputs with exception of roll cage installation.
Don't let the 4-doors fool you
The smaller version of the MDX, the race version modified RDX is Acura A-Spec 48-volt hybrid engine with 2.0-liter turbo and 4-cylinders, 10-speed transmission, and SH-AWD system. The turbo engine with its auto-electric feed power system supports the vehicle’s supercharger optimization. With 350 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque performance boost from the stock model, 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque are designed for a competitive edge.
Another one for the books
Like the MDX entrant, the RDX has been streamlined for weight reduction. A roll cage, Pirelli tires, and 19-inch HRE wheels and premium brake installation promise to enhance the ride. Equipped to outperform these drive teams mean business at Pikes Peak. All-in-all, one could effectively state Acura is well-poised for the win against its industry competitors.
The 2019 event is expected to attract a crowd equal to or larger than the preceding. In 2018, Pikes Peak drew more than 7,000 spectators from 40 states and 23 countries.
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