Acura has confirmed that it will continue its relationship with ORECA in the design and development of the new Acura ARX-06 LMDh car that will be campaigned by Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning in 2023.
Both announcements of the chassis constructor and partner teams were widely understood to have already been confirmed internally.
WTR and MSR, which currently campaign Acura’s ARX-05 DPi in the WeatherTech Championship, are both on three-year contracts with the luxury automaker that began this year.
Acura’s relationship with French constructor ORECA, meanwhile, continues following the initial partnership for its DPi car.
“It is a pleasure to announce we will continue our association with ORECA into the new, electrified LMDh era,” said Honda Performance Development President and technical director David Salters
“We’ve enjoyed a very successful partnership with ORECA in the current Acura ARX-05 program, including winning the IMSA DPi manufacturers’ championship in both 2019 and 2020; and IMSA’s Michelin Endurance this season.”
In addition to sweeping all three major IMSA DPi championships in both 2019 and 2020, Acura scored its first overall win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year with WTR.
Additional podium finishes for MSR and WTR at Sebring, Watkins Glen and the Petit Le Mans this year resulted in a sweep of IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles for the manufacturer and WTR.
“We expect the technical challenges of LMDh to be great, and competition among all of the manufacturers and teams to be intense.
“But that’s why Acura and HPD are involved in motorsport. Together with ORECA and our excellent partner teams, we’re truly excited to be a part of IMSA at the dawn of the LMDh era.”
No further news has been released by Acura or HPD on the new car or a timeline for when it will make its on-track debut.