Acura Automobiles: Team Honda Research West Takes Acura ILX To Class Victory during 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Posted on 09. Dec, 2013 by in Acura Canada

Team Honda Research West claimed a E1 difficulty feat Sunday in a 11th using of a 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as Acura entries from THRW and Fantasy Junction took 3 of a tip 4 E1 finishing positions in a severe continuation foe that resolved a 2013 National Auto Sports Association season.

As a checkers flew during a finish of 25 hours, during that unseasonably cold temperatures dipped as low as 25 degrees overnight, it was a #27 THRW Acura holding a E1 feat with an eighth-place altogether finish, and, a healthy seven-lap domain over a vast margin that enclosed a contingent of works-run Mazda 6 diesel entries.  An Acura RSX fielded by a Fantasy Junction organisation finished second in class, ninth overall, with a second, #25 THRW Acura ILX, fourth.

Prior to prevalent on lane during Thunderhill, a Acura ILX also recently warranted dual 2013 Motorists Choice Awards for IntelliChoice and AutoPacific for a reward marketplace shred in a Youthful and Cosmopolitan categories.  IntelliChoice and AutoPacific conclude a “Youthful” leader as a automobile that “makes we feel immature when we possess it.” While “Cosmopolitan” is tangible as a automobile that “provides status or still retreat within a city setting.”

In further to Acura winning a E1 results, a Honda CR-Z Hybrid, entered by Japanese tuning association Spoon, constructed a clever run in a shutting hours to finish third in E2.  Meanwhile, a organisation of Honda Performance Development foe engineers and associates finished fifth in a highly-competitive E3 difficulty in a B-Spec Honda Fit entered underneath a HPD Race Club banner.

A sum of 57 cars took a immature dwindle during 11 a.m. PDT Saturday for a start of 25 hours of racing around a 2.58-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill circuit, located only outward a northern California city of Willows.  The #27 Acura ILX from THRW claimed a early lead with starting motorist Scott Nicol, and continued to build a advantage by a afternoon and dusk with co-drivers Sage Marie, Lee Niffenegger and Matt Staal.

At a median mark, Acura’s were using 1-2-3 in a E1 class, as a #27 ILX confirmed a advantage over a pole-qualifying Acura RSX of Fantasy Junction Racing, with a #25 THRW Acura ILX using third. 

“It was flattering chaotic during a start with all of a [quicker category] ES cars,” Nicol pronounced following his stint. “There are a lot of discerning ES cars and they come adult on we unequivocally quick.  When we come adult to slower trade and we have a ES cars temperament down on you, we only have to figure out where everybody is going. We have a good strategy. We are looking flattering good, [and] are only optimizing a automobile as most as we can.”

THRW is essentially done adult of Torrance, California-based associates from Honda RD Americas, Inc., who work after hours to showcase Honda and Acura products on a track.  In further to a #27 Acura ILX, a matching blue-and-silver #25 ILX was driven by Honda associates Derek Ferretti, Lawrence Hwang, Calvin Liu, Corey Taguchi and Michael Tsay. 

“It was a good run by a team,” Marie pronounced during a finish. “We had a bit of play here and there, though altogether a gait was unequivocally good, as we can see from a eighth-overall finish.  The BFGoodrich tires had a lot of hold in all conditions, and a Acura ILX is a good foe car.  The THRW organisation did an overwhelming pursuit all weekend.”

Founded in 1996, Team Honda Research West has a prolonged record of success racing Honda products in both Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and NASA competition, with some-more than 60 foe victories in a accumulation of classes. THRW has taken partial in all 11 runnings of a 25 Hours of Thunderhill, posting a 1-2 brush of a E1 difficulty in 2005 while using a span of Honda Civic Si’s in partnership with a Team Honda Research bid formed during Honda RD Americas in Ohio.

Finishing fifth in E3 and 29th altogether was a B-Spec Honda Fit co-driven by HPD associates Aaron Hale, Tom Grosart, Brian Johnston, Robin Laqui and Tom Reichenbach. The motorist lineup for a Spoon Honda CR-Z enclosed former Honda Indy automobile motorist Naoki Hattori and flapping champion Daijiro Yoshihara.

Honda Performance Development (HPD), obliged for Honda racing programs trimming from entry-level categories to a IZOD IndyCar Series and World Endurance Championship, contributed several racing-specific components to a ILX project. These enclosed an HPD-lightened flywheel and racing purchase package, limited-slip differential, engine mounts, anti-roll bars and back upper-suspension control arms. All of these tools are accessible to racers by a HPD Honda Racing Line program.

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