Acura has unveiled the historic liveries that the pair of Team Penske Acura ARX-05 cars will race with in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in honor of the sanctioning body’s 50th anniversary.
The cars will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.
The work of Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek – who has been responsible for the striking liveries on numerous Acura racing machines – the Acura DPis are an updated take on the iconic design first seen on the 1991-93 Camel Lights champion Comptech Racing Spice Acura NSXs.
The design also incorporates Acura Team Penske’s new partnership with ELS STUDIO 3D, the award-winning premium audio system available in the 2019 Acura RDX.
The race cars will make their on-track debut at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“This is a natural look for Acura prototypes, and a salute to our heritage as a performance brand,” said Marek.
“The Acura brand was founded in 1986, and its debut in motorsports soon followed.
“Today, we’re proud to unveil a livery that accurately reflects our long, successful history in North American racing – and look forward to adding new chapters to the story of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.”
Race-prepared Acura Integras won two consecutive IMSA International Sedan Manufacturers’ Championships and three consecutive IMSA International Sedan Drivers’ Championships from 1988-90.
The Comptech Racing Acura-Spice GTP Lights race cars, powered by a modified first-generation NSX engine, carried driver Parker Johnstone to three consecutive drivers’ championships and Acura to three consecutive manufacturers’ championships in the prestigious IMSA Camel GTP Lights series from 1991-93.
The Comptech Acura also captured the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring in 1993.
In addition to Johnstone, the Comptech Acura driver lineup included Wayne Taylor, father of current Acura Team Penske driver Ricky Taylor, and Steve Cameron, uncle to ATP driver Dane Cameron.