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Acura to Debut New NSX at Pikes Peak

Acura to debut NSX at Pikes Peak…

Photo: Acura

Photo: Acura

Acura is set to debut its 2017 Acura NSX supercar at the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month.

This will mark the car’s North American racing debut, and two NSXs will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes, driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson.

Both James and Nick Robinson have been part of the NSX’s development stage.

James worked on Acura’s North American powertrain development group, and has previously competed in the hillclimb with a first-generation NSX on multiple occasions.

Meanwhile, Nick is an engineer who was in charge of the car’s dynamic performance during the development stage. He is the reigning PP250 winner from last year’s event.

Furthermore, an electric prototype, modified from the NSX, will also compete, with an electric four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive powertrain evolved from the model that won the Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class last year.

This car will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who last year raced in a CR-Z-based electric prototype.

The innovative design allows four-wheel independent torque allocation, and produces three times the output of the CR-Z prototype.

“Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division.

“We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies – as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”

No further news has been revealed regarding the NSX GT3 project, which is separate to the Pikes Peak program.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.


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