Acura is gunning for a number of trophies at Pikes Peak later this month, sending at least six autos to the famed hillclimb occasion. The fleet consists of two NSX race automobiles, two TLX Type S race automobiles, a TLX Type S tempo automobile, and the 2022 MDX Type S making its first public debut.
The all-volunteer crew comprising Acura workers will likely be towing the stronger of the TLX race automobiles 1,300 miles from its base in Ohio to the Colorado venue with an MDX Type S. While a inventory TLX Type S weighs 4,221 kilos, a mass that is fairly near the 355-horsepower, 354 pound-foot flagship’s towing capability of 5,000, the race automobile is significantly lighter.
Honda put the TLX Type S on a 600-pound food regimen, gutting the inside and changing elements with light-weight parts like a carbon fiber hood. Naturally, aerodynamic aids like splitters, canards, and spoilers festoon the race automobile. On high of that, the three.0-liter V6 it shares with the large brother MDX Type S has been modified with a with a bigger turbo and extra cooling to account for the skinny air approaching the 14,000-foot summit.
Acura engineer Justin Lumbard will helm the TLX within the Pikes Peak Open Division, by which an Acura TLX GT race automobile holds the report of 9:24.433, set by Acura race veteran Peter Cunningham in 2019. Meanwhile, chassis engineer and cool-name-haver Jordan Guitar will likely be piloting the opposite TLX Type S, a extra inventory model with solely a 300-pound food regimen. Both automobiles put on race-modified suspensions and HRE 19-inch 19 x 9.5-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli slicks.
Likewise, the NSX pairs comprise one hard-core racer and one largely inventory automobile every, permitting Acura to pursue wins in a number of lessons. Drivers and brothers James and Nick Robinson are not any strangers to Pikes Peak information.
James helped Acura clinch the Hybrid Class report with a time of 10:01.913 in an NSX final 12 months, and is now capturing for a Time Attack 1 Division championship. His NSX places out round 625 horsepower because of bigger turbos and reprogrammed engine software program. A entrance splitter, giant rear wing, 200-pound weight discount are simply a few of the race-prep modifications.
Meanwhile, Nick holds the front-wheel-drive report, set in 2018 with a first-generation Acura TLX and a time of 10:48.094. This 12 months, Nick is behind the wheel of an NSX that is all inventory — apart from security gear and race tires — within the hopes of attaining a Time Attack 2 manufacturing report try.
Lastly, Acura will likely be fielding a shiny gold TLX Type S tempo automobile pushed by former “Wheeler Dealers” host Ant Anstead.
This 12 months marks the 99th working of what’s formally known as The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, delivered to you by “Gran Turismo.” The 12.42-mile “Race to the Clouds” winds its method up a 156-turn course to a end 14,000 toes above sea stage. It additionally marks Acura’s eleventh 12 months competing. The enjoyable begins June 27.