Acura Automobiles: Acura NSX and TLX to Race Up Pikes Peak; New TLX A-Spec Makes Racing Debut

Posted on 08. Jun, 2017 by in Acura Canada

  • Turbocharged, 500-horsepower 2018 TLX A-Spec to contest in a muster class
  • TLX GT earnings to foe in a Pikes Peak Open class, driven by Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut
  • GT3-inspired Acura NSX will contest in a Time Attack 1 Class, building on final year’s Time Attack 2 Production feat
  • Acura TLX and MDX will offer as central gait cars and Rookie Orientation vehicles

Acura will margin a span of Acura TLX competition sedans in a 95th using of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Jun 25, fasten a NSX supercar that will lapse following final year’s victory, (


The TLX GT, driven by long-time Acura competition automobile motorist Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut, will contest in a Pikes Peak Open class, while Honda RD operative Nick Robinson, entrance off feat in an NSX in final year’s Pikes Peak Time Attack 2 Production class, will expostulate a 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec that will make a racing entrance in a Exhibition class.  Honda RD operative and Nick’s brother, James Robinson, will expostulate a production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications in a Time Attack 1 class.        

This is a sixth uninterrupted year that Acura will competition vehicles in a Pikes Peak event.

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Racing Debut

The Pikes Peak Acura TLX A-Spec facilities a mutated suspension, a 500-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and a limited-slip differential for some-more effective send of energy to a front wheels. Optimized privately for this mountain stand course, tradition engine module and tuning was finished in-house by a organisation of North American Honda RD engineers. Much of a vital engine hardware was pulled from a TLX GT program, including rods, pistons, camshafts and valvetrain. On a exterior, a TLX A-Spec facilities a hand-crafted carbon-fiber splitter and deadlock behind wing while a interior has been wholly nude of a oppulance appointments to revoke weight. A maestro of Pikes Peak, Nick Robinson has run a march for several years, winning a motorcycle Pikes Peak 250 category in 2014. Last year, Robinson piloted a 2017 NSX to feat in a Time Attack 2 Production class.

Acura TLX GT Returns to Competition

The all-wheel expostulate TLX GT competition automobile facilities a same twin-turbo V6 engine setup used in a Pirelli World Challenge array from 2014 to 2016, though has been tuned on mixed levels to accommodate a betterment changes of Pikes Peak. The new module mapping grown by Honda Performance Development (HPD) optimizes turbo operation and boost pressures for a decreased levels of oxygen on a proceed to a 14,115-foot summit. HPD also tuned a TLX GT’s cessation privately for this mountain stand environment, and a transmission’s gearing has been revised for faster acceleration entrance out of a course’s many hairpin turns.

Other modifications to a Acura TLX GT embody aerodynamic components such as a further of front buffer louvres and revised dive planes. Also, a behind wing was changed adult and behind to boost downforce. The TLX GT will be piloted by Peter Cunningham of RealTime Racing who has been racing Acuras given 1992. The Pikes Peak “rookie” has claimed 14 maestro drivers’ championships, in a accumulation of disciplines including highway racing, ice racing and opening rallying.

“I’ve always wanted to competition with Acura during Pikes Peak. It’s a plea I’ve never done,” pronounced Cunningham.  “I consider we have a good event with a Acura TLX GT and demeanour brazen to saying how it competes on a hill.” 

GT3-inspired Acura NSX Set for Time Attack 1

The 2017 Acura NSX competing in a Time Attack 1 category will be driven by James Robinson of Honda RD’s North American powertrain growth group. A maestro of Pikes Peak, James has competed given 2011, pushing a first-generation NSX in a Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 2012 to 2015 and winning a Exhibition category in 2011. Taking learnings from final year’s run, as good as adopting ideas from a NSX GT3 competition car, a NSX has been lightened and aerodynamic elements have been added, including a bigger wing and front splitter. The NSX’s module has been tuned to optimize engine and a Sport Hybrid element opening for a mountain climb. Also, R-compound tires will element a prolongation vehicle’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

As a Official Pace Car sponsor, Acura will underline a recently launched 2018 TLX A-Spec, sporting a new Acura pattern direction. In addition, Acura will yield MDX Rookie Orientation vehicles for coaches’ use heading adult to a race. Jack Glavan, manager of a Pikes Peak Highway and an implausible believer of Pikes Peak for many years, will lead a margin of 100 entrants to a tip of a 14,115-foot Colorado peak.

For Pikes Peak competition attendees, a TLX GT, TLX A-Spec, NSX and gait cars will seem during a series of pre-race activities, including a renouned Fan Fest on Jun 23 in downtown Colorado Springs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. MDT.

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