Acura has released the first images of its new ARX-06 LMDh car, which will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTP class beginning next year.
The ORECA-chassied ARX-06 is the latest in the line of prototypes from Honda Performance Development, with exterior styling led by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles.
“The process we used in creating the exterior design for the Acura ARX-06 is exactly the same as how we create a new Acura passenger vehicle,” said Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek.
“The same world-class stylists that lead Acura production car design created initial sketches, then pared those down to several potential designs. Next we created a scale model, did aero and wind tunnel model testing, and brought HPD and our partner teams in for their feedback.
“The design continued to be refined throughout the testing and evaluation process, until we came up with a final treatment that met our performance goals while maintaining all-important Acura styling cues. It’s been an exciting process.”
Acura will continue its partnerships with Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing to campaign the hybrid-powered Acura entries in 2023.
Both teams have ruled out its participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.