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Acura DPi Breaks Cover

Acura ARX-05 DPi breaks cover ahead of formal reveal…

Acura’s ARX-05 DPi car has broken cover, with the manufacturer having released a video of the ORECA-built car, which completed a shakedown at Paul Ricard last month.

Team Penske will compete with a pair of factory Acura DPis in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, beginning with January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

In the video, Honda and Acura executives explain the reason to re-enter prototype racing, while showing teaser footage from the car’s initial rollout beginning roughly at the one-minute mark.

Based on the footage, it appears Ben Hanley was among the drivers at the wheel of the DPi car for the shakedown. It’s understood Juan Pablo Montoya has since also been to France, in preparation for the start of U.S.-based testing with Penske within the next month.

The car will be formally revealed at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, part of the Monterey Car Week on Aug. 18.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

72 Comments

72 Comments

  1. Taylor

    August 8, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I see the car has a rack in the front to carry an oversized boomerang.

  2. Jack

    August 8, 2017 at 9:54 am

    looks like honda copied nissans idea.

    • Susafan

      August 8, 2017 at 9:58 am

      ESM: We can make a DPI Aerokit without putting any effort in it.
      Acura: Hold my 🍺

      • JEZ

        August 8, 2017 at 10:05 am

        Susafan – Thanks for the laugh, that was funny…

      • David Chaste

        August 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

        It seems that’s what happened?

      • Steven

        August 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm

        I was gonna write the same thing, lol.

        this was complete laziness and lack of creativity by Honda. Wasn’t that the purpose of what DPi was suppose to be? Basically taking the LMP2 chassis and completely redoing the front/rear/engine?

        I guess Mazda was still the only one to make a true DPi. Everyone else just changed the headlights or put a bra on the front of the car and called it a day.

    • Brandon

      August 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

      The jewel headlights should really set it apart. I think it’ll look pretty cool. Hopefully the livery is good.

      • Jack

        August 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

        i say the best place to make manufcatuer designs is in the headlights, the caddies headlights really sets it apart from the standard dallara.

      • Grand Am Fan

        August 8, 2017 at 11:17 am

        I like headlight decals better

        • David Chaste

          August 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

          Better yet be a Nascar fan

        • Grand Am Sucked

          August 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

          Grand Am Fan, Headlight Decals?? Haha… Stop Trolling.

    • NASCAR/DPs Suck

      August 8, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Yeah, I’ll withhold final judgement until the formal release but looks like Mazda’s crown as the best looking it not at risk. The Oreca is probably the hardest of the prototypes to work off of though with its radical rear fenders and downward sloping nose it leaves less room for customization without compromising it’s aero concept.

      • Daytona2001

        August 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        There is no Mazda anymore….. multimatic shit the bed.
        Take your liberal ass back to California or England or wherever

        • Steven

          August 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

          Mazda changed teams, they are back next year under Joest Racing with a evolution of the Mazda.

        • Andy Flinn

          August 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm

          Daytona2001, do your Mom and Dad know you’re on the Internet again?

        • Slicks in the wet

          August 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

          This world…

        • Rus'L

          August 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

          Umm, Mazda is still around. Just not for the rest of the year.

    • KW

      August 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

      You guys all forget that all the DPi manufacturers do no aero engineering at all, but instead order aero together with the chassis from Dallara, Riley, Oreca and Onroak. CFD and wind tunnel are not in the DPi OEM’s budget. So what you see on the DPi’s is an “aero kit B”, which was designed and tested as an alternative version by the chassis manufacturer during the development of the LMP2 chassis and which was not bad in CFD and wind tunnel results either. When they get the contract by the DPi OEM, they just put headlights on which look a bit like on a series production vehicle, and that’s it.
      As also the engine development is not done by the DPi manufacturers themselves, but by contractors like AER, it is all nothing but branding. I hope I didn’t crash many of your illusions, but it’s a fact.

      • Rus'L

        August 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        But they could do engine development if they wanted to. They just choose not to.

  3. David Chaste

    August 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

    The Mazda is still the King of lookers by far.

    Just needs some speed, so hopefully it’s building some.

    • JG

      August 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Definitely agree. Based on looks the Mazda deserves to take the title. I had hopes that Acura would do something cool with the Oreca but they decided to keep the ugliest part of it, those hideous alien-looking rear wheel arches. Those wheel arch cutouts are the real culprit however. Serious lack of vision on the ACO’s part.

  4. abababa

    August 8, 2017 at 10:25 am

    make fins invisible with magic

  5. Grand Am Fan

    August 8, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I am so excited that this car has some design cues from the Picchio DP (which is often thought of as one of the sexiest race cars this century).

    • thomas

      August 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

      epic trolling!

    • SGG

      August 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      This and susafan’s comment above are definite contenders for comment of the year. Hilarious!

    • Guest

      August 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

      The Picchio! That was my first thought!

  6. jason

    August 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I figured JPM would be the primary tester. Sounds like this indeed the case. But who is Ben Hanley?

    • thomas

      August 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Dragonspeed LMP2 driver in ELMS. Drives the Oreca.

    • AF

      August 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Regular Dragonspeed racer in the ELMS, made his comeback to motorsport last year with the team after a few years our having been as high up the ladder as GP2.

    • goody

      August 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Former Renault Young Driver program guy in single seaters, got as far as GP2, lots of wins in karting.

  7. Matt

    August 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I expected more, not Oreca’s version of the Ligier/Nissan stop-gap bodywork

    • Andy Flinn

      August 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Matt, there is more.

      This Oreca DPi has an Acura engine in the back, instead of the Gibson spec engine mandated in all LMP2s.

      • Matt

        August 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

        I know, I was referring to aero

  8. Dan

    August 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Nissan- Ligier with a panel over the nose.
    Acura- Oreca with panel over the nose.
    Cadillac- Dallara with different headlights and straightened lines.
    Mazda- let’s put effort in to making it to style but not as much into the engine.

    Just put an new engine in it and call it a day. This is beyond stupid at this point.

    • Andy Flinn

      August 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Dan, you just don’t get it do you?

      If you’re unhappy with the CHOICES teams and manufacturers make in IMSA DPi, go watch the Oreca/Gibson specfest in WEC LMP2, instead.

      No Dallaras, Ligiers or Rileys to worry about on the Mexico City LMP2 entry list.

      You’ll probably live it.

      • Steven

        August 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

        What he was saying is the blandness in DPi. There was no creativity that was being promised in this whole thing.

        This was just a lazy attempt at basically putting the 2016 spec engines into a 2017 spec cars. Which is what GM, Nissan, and Honda have done.

        Mazda was the exception as they actually did the DPi correct and that was completely taking the car and turning it into their own.

        • Dan

          August 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

          Exactly, this is just laziness combined with being cheap. Not saying they have to spend LMP1H levels of cash but this is just ridiculous. Just stick a new engine in place of Gibson and be done with it. If they only change enough to make IMSA happy, the rules are pointless.

  9. Scotty "Scrote" Fulmer

    August 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    That’s a nice bike rack on the front. My Mongoose fatty tire would look siq there.

    I also agree with Grand Am Fan on headlight decals.

    • Grand Am Sucked

      August 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Oh geez, another Nascrap Fan!

      • Andy Flinn

        August 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

        Oh no!

        Another “Nascrap” troll.

        • Andy Flinn has absolutely no life

          August 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

          Fuck off NECKCAR fanboy! This is a house of learned doctors! You’re lucky Mr. Dagys lets you play troll on his website.

          • John Ramella

            August 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

            ROLFMAO!! “Learned” doctors… more like geezers in tet hose. Don’t get too worked up – don’t stroke out on us!

          • Andy Flinn

            August 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

            “Doctor” Troll, thank you for teaching Trolling 101 by example.

            Even my elementary school students are more mature than you.

            They also know that sticks and stones my break their bones but words, especially from a gutless, annonymous Internet troll, can never hurt them.

  10. RIP WEC

    August 8, 2017 at 11:47 am

    That looks great. It will even better at LeMans in 2019

  11. VTEC Bruh

    August 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I can see some resemblance of the old cars in it, will definitely look better with a race livery!

  12. GeorgeA

    August 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Does the bodywork just happen to be yellow or can we expect Shell or Pennzoil sponsorship as with the rest of the Penske teams?

    • Louis

      August 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      the yellow you saw was when they did a wind tunnel test with the aero using JDC Miller’s chassis… Hence the 85 that was seen.

  13. Kyle

    August 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    It’s should be called the Acura ARX-05 Oreca, Cadillac DPi-V.R Dallara, that would make me feel better about this stuff.

    • Matt

      August 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      It is called that

      • Kyle

        August 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

        Read the article again dude. Only the Nissan Onroak DPi has the chassis builder in its name

        • Matt

          August 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

          Just because it’s printed as one way somewhere doesn’t means it’s not an Oreca. It’s just a name, it’s not that deep. If you care enough about the cars to read these articles, you know what chassis manufacturer it is.

  14. Matt

    August 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Comonnn… are they really going to make it that quiet?? The late 2000’s era with the great sounding V8’s was something special, manufacturers wanted to entertain fans.

    • jack

      August 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

      porsche v6, acura small v8, mazda v4 T, audi v10 diesel, unless you are referring to the 5 liter v8’s in grand am that took a trained ear to tell the difference.

    • Larry

      August 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Sports car racing has never really been about being predominantly V8s. One of the nice things about sports car racing has always been the mixture of flat 6s, V6s, 4 cylinders all with and without turbos along with the V8s.

      I personally don’t think a V8 is the best sound. Flat 6, especially with turbos like the old 935s, 956s, and 962s.

      The Audi diesel, while quiet, had a very powerful sound.

      The Honda P2 last year sounded great. It’s the sound of technology.

      If you want to listen to a bunch of V8s go to some roundy round.

      And Jack, it’s Porsche flat 6, not V6.

  15. Anonymous

    August 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I agree with the majority of the posts on its looks! the Mazda is still the best looking, just a shame it’s doesn’t go as good as it looks!

    The Honda (Sorry Acura) however will be the other way round, Ugly, but I suspect it will go like Hell!!

    • David Chaste

      August 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Indeed the honda engine was the best engine last year. By petit last year they had been restricted 4 times in the season and still won handily.

  16. STEVE

    August 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    With that chevron nose, Acura can sell it to Citroen when they are done.

  17. Purist

    August 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Meh. Unless it’s a hybrid and can run Toyota or Porsche lap times, that thing is a snoozer. Wake me up when it’s a proper racecar.

    • Daytona2001

      August 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Go watch formula E toolbag.

    • Andy Flinn

      August 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Purist, even if Toyota sticks around in LMP1 next year, Le Mans could be a real snoozer.

      Your class is dying.

      • TF110

        August 8, 2017 at 10:50 pm

        Yeah, it’s dying with the other p1’s joining lol. How is a class dying when there’s new entries? The only reason dpi is subscribed to by manufacturer’s is that you can take a p2 and put some lights and ‘aero’ on it and compete for bop wins.

    • jack

      August 9, 2017 at 12:25 am

      take restrictors out of engine, let turbo’s go crazy, give it tires that arnt contis, and it will run sub 3:20’s at le mans.

    • Rus'L

      August 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Wake up. LMP1 H is dead.

  18. Quit drinking

    August 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    All these people saying the Mazda not only looks good, but looks the best…
    That hoover is too busy sucking peanuts out from under the couch to look good…

  19. Norm

    August 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Maybe this isnt the final look?

  20. John

    August 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    The fact that they’re showing it now, at Car Week, instead of waiting until LA or Detroit suggests that there’s a full marketing campaign in place.

    I just hope it performs better than the last prototype treated to a full-blown PR campaign – [cough] Nismo GT-R [cough]. But then, it would be hard not to…LOL.

  21. LMP Dookee

    August 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    When is the last time Mazda won a prototype race? My head is hurting just thinking about it

    • 5570

      August 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Been awhile for sure, hopefully that top step comes in 2018.

      They did win the one that counts many moons ago…

    • 5570

      August 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Just looked it up, Dyson won a few in 2012 with Mazda power. Yikes…

  22. Truth

    August 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I am not seeing the design cues to the road Acura cars. Perhaps future Acura’s will have a large wing on the hood?

  23. The Brad

    August 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Was hoping the nose would like like a NSX instead of boomerang rack.

    LOLz

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