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Acura Automobiles: Acura Engineers Field Four Homegrown Entries during Pikes Peak; Pro Peter Cunningham Challenges a Pack

  • Four entries to be driven and crewed by full-time Acura RD engineers
  • Modified MDX Sport Hybrid boasts incomparable banishment 3.7-liter V6 engine and 3 electric motors for some-more than 400 horsepower, creates racing debut
  • Winningest American sports vehicle motorist Peter Cunningham fielding Acura TLX GT completes a 5 vehicle card
  • Thermal Orange 2019 NSX to offer as a Official Pace Car of a event

Acura will debate a largest collection of rival entries in a brand’s story in a 97th regulating of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Jun 30. Acura is graphic from a foe in holding on a “Race to a Clouds” with hand-built, homegrown cars crewed exclusively by in-house engineers. Four production-based Acura models will plea a margin opposite mixed competition classes, piloted by 4 full-time engineers who work in Acura product growth in Ohio. Completing a lineup is a RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT all-wheel expostulate competition car, driven by two-time category leader and SCCA Hall of Famer Peter Cunningham. Acura’s 2019 competition entries highlighted in short video.


In further to fulfilling a company’s “racing spirit”, a Acura Pikes Peak competition group utilizes a fraudulent towering stand eventuality to grow a skills of immature engineers within a association and offer as a exam bed for destiny opening technologies in prolongation vehicles. Led by Acura RD engineers Justin Lumbard and Steven Olona, a group is obliged for all aspects of a module including a offer of vehicles, buildout, organisation support and navigating competition cars to a finish line.

Acura has reached a 14,115-foot limit any of a final 8 years, scoring countless annals and lectern finishes. Most recently, in 2018, Acura achieved a second-consecutive Pikes Peak Open category win and an altogether third place finish with Peter Cunningham in a RealTime Racing TLX GT (9:27.352). Additional record environment runs embody a Hybrid Alternative Fuel record for a Acura NSX driven by James Robinson (10:02.448) and a Front-Wheel Drive record for a Acura TLX driven by Nick Robinson (10:48.094), both in 2018.

In further to a 5 competition entries, Acura will lead a container to a limit with a 2019 NSX in Thermal Orange Pearl paint and Pikes Peak desirous competition clothing portion as a Official Pace Car for a ancestral towering stand event.

The Race Entries

MDX Sport Hybrid
Acura will entrance a race-prepared 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid built privately for a towering climb. The Pikes Peak MDX utilizes a customary MDX (non-hybrid) 3.5-liter V6 VTEC® engine, wearied out to 3.7-liters. The incomparable banishment engine operates in tandem with Acura’s singular three-motor electric hybrid complement and 7-speed twin purchase delivery (DCT). The Pikes Peak MDX Sport Hybrid produces a total 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque by a use of special tuning to both a engine and a electric motors.

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® complement and race-tuned active-damper cessation have been optimized to urge energetic change and maximize performance. A tradition roll-cage, designed in-house, increases constructional acerbity (and adds safety) while endless weight rebate was achieved by stealing most of a vehicle’s interior, including a newcomer and second and third quarrel seats.

Driving a MDX Sport Hybrid will be Jordan Guitar of Acura RD’s Chassis Development Group. Guitar done his Pikes Peak entrance in 2018, piloting a 2019 RDX. Foul continue hampered Guitar’s run, tying him to usually a reduce dual thirds of a mountain. He finished third in class.  

2019 RDX A-Spec
The 2019 RDX A-Spec earnings to a towering following a Pikes Peak entrance in 2018, featuring a production-derived 2.0L VTEC® Turbo engine, competition tuned 10-speed involuntary delivery and 4th-generation of Acura Super Handling All‐Wheel Drive™ (SH‐AWD®). The RDX’s engine has been optimized for a towering stand with a incomparable turbocharger, short-path intercooler and electric supercharger fed by a 48-volt micro-hybrid system. Total outlay is 350 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. Software calibrations to a RDX’s prolongation SH-AWD® complement concede for some-more rear-wheel torque bias, while still enabling 100-percent of rear-wheel torque to be eliminated away to a left or right behind wheels.

The Pikes Peak RDX’s interior has been nude for reduced weight. Chassis enhancements embody a roll-cage, race-tuned suspension, lightweight 19-inch HRE fake competition wheels and Pirelli racing tires. Braking opening has been upgraded with Brembo front stop calipers and racing pads.  

Driving a 2019 RDX A-Spec will be Steven Olona, an operative with Acura RD’s Chassis Development Group. An achieved convene driver, Olona assimilated Acura’s Pikes Peak associate competition group in 2017 portion as a falsifier and organisation chief. This will symbol Olona’s initial time pushing in a ancestral towering climb.  

“Time Attack” NSX
One of dual NSXs campaigning in this year’s towering climb, a “Time Attack” NSX distinguishes itself with a incomparable behind wing and assertive front splitter adding poignant downforce for improved parallel hold during speed, and incomparable turbochargers to assistance redeem horsepower waste during altitude. Total complement outlay is an estimated 625 HP. Through several weight rebate measures including a nude interior, a “Time Attack” NSX loses some-more than 200 lbs. compared to a prolongation NSX. Additional enhancements embody tradition program for a twin-turbo V6, three-motor Sport Hybrid and SH-AWD® systems to optimize opening during a towering climb. Finally, lightweight HRE fake wheels are wrapped in high-grip Pirelli R-compound tires.

A 9-time Pikes Peak veteran, James Robinson will again offer as a lead of Acura’s Pikes Peak competition team. Robinson’s past successes during Pikes Peak embody a Hybrid  Alternative Fuel record set in 2018 (10:02.448) as good as lectern finishes in a Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1 classes.

Production-Spec NSX
The second of dual NSXs competing this year is a near-production NSX with usually safety-related modifications, including an inner hurl cage, racing chair with strap and glow termination system. Utilizing a second-generation NSX’s bureau twin-turbo V6 engine and 3 engine electric Sport Hybrid system, a NSX produces a total 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft. of torque. Power is channeled to a behind wheels by a world’s usually 9-speed DCT in a prolongation automobile, while twin electric motors exclusively matrix torque between a front wheels to raise a NSX’s acceleration, braking and cornering abilities.

The production-spec NSX will be driven by Nick Robinson, hermit of James Robinson, and an achieved operative with Acura RD’s Chassis Development Group. A Pikes Peak maestro himself, Nick Robinson determined a new front-wheel-drive record for Pikes Peak in 2018 and achieved a Class Win in Time Attack 2 with a second-gen NSX in 2016. The year prior, he won a PP250 category on a Honda motorcycle. In addition, Nick Robinson serves as a pushing reserve consultant and helps coach his colleagues in building their pushing skills.

RealTime Racing TLX GT
The RealTime Racing TLX GT all-wheel expostulate competition vehicle earnings to Pikes Peak in 2019 following a autocratic 2018 Open Class Record and altogether lectern finish. Featuring an Acura twin-turbocharged J35 V6 engine used in past Pirelli World Challenge array competitions, a TLX GT’s powertrain has been tuned for a singular betterment changes of Pikes Peak. The program mapping grown by Honda Performance Development (HPD) optimizes turbo operation and boost pressures for a dwindling levels of oxygen on a approach adult to a 14,115-foot summit. RealTime has grown a TLX GT’s cessation privately for a towering climb, and geared a delivery for faster acceleration when exiting a course’s many parsimonious hairpin turns. Additional enhancements for 2019 embody increasing downforce around a new behind diffuser configuration.

The TLX GT will again be piloted by Peter Cunningham of RealTime Racing, that has campaigned Acura competition cars dating behind to 1992. A renowned member of a SCCA Hall Of Fame, Cunningham done his Pikes Peak entrance in 2017 earning an Open Class win (2nd Overall) and being named ‘Rookie of a Year’. In 2018, Cunningham steady a success with another Open Class win and 3rd altogether finish. Cunningham has claimed some-more than 90 veteran competition wins opposite 12 opposite North American highway racing array and binds numerous World Challenge competition records.

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About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a joining to evocative styling, high opening and innovative engineering, all built on a substructure of well-developed peculiarity and reliability. The Acura lineup facilities 6 particular models – a RLX reward oppulance sedan, a TLX opening oppulance sedan, a ILX competition sedan, a five-passenger RDX oppulance crossover SUV, a seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row oppulance SUV, and a next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of a 6 Acura models sole in North America are done in executive Ohio, regulating domestic and globally-sourced parts, including a ILX and TLX oppulance sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), a RDX and MDX oppulance SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and a Acura NSX supercar, that is built to sequence during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

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