Acura Automobiles: Acura ARX-05 Completes Successful First North American Test

  • Acura Motorsports, Team Penske finish two-day run during Road Atlanta
  • Juan Pablo Montoya pilots ARX-05 in initial North American run
  • Extensive exam module designed brazen of 2018 debut

The Acura ARX-05 finished dual days of successful contrast this week during Road Atlanta, as Acura Motorsports and Team Penske began an finish growth module for a new antecedent in allege of a 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Veteran Juan Pablo Montoya, one of dual drivers already announced for a effort, was during a circle of a ARX-05 via a two-day test.  The tour was a initial for a new antecedent following an initial corruption run final month during a Paul Ricard circuit in France, and follows a central phenomenon during Monterey Car Week.

“Overall, it was a good test,” pronounced Matthew Niles, comparison operative and devise personality for Honda Performance Development.  “We were tighten to a area of sum solar obscure [on Monday], so we had to stop using for a bit as a object was dimmed.  We went on to finish all of a run plan, and feel we have a good bottom to build on going forward.”

This week’s initial run was a initial of a array of tests, to be conducted during a accumulation of circuits, designed by Team Penske and Honda Performance Development, a racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America. 

The foe entrance of a Team Penske Acura prototypes will take place during a season-opening Rolex 24 in January, 2018.  In further to Montoya, reigning IMSA antecedent champion Dane Cameron will also be partial of a 2018 lineup, with remaining drivers to be announced.

The Acura ARX-05 [Acura Racing eXperimental, era 5] is a latest in a line of continuation prototypes to be fielded by a association dating to 1991, only 5 years after a 1986 launch of a Acura brand.  Based on a really successful ORECA 07 chassis, a new ARX-05 antecedent showcases Acura-specific bodywork and pattern features, including Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ headlights, and utilizes a race-proven, production-based Acura AR35TT twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers a Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.  

The Acura ARX-05 adds to a abounding bequest of Acura foe in sports automobile racing, including a 1991-93 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and motorist championships; 50 IMSA and American Le Mans Series category or altogether competition victories [through Watkins Glen 2017]; and a 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, motorist and group championships, in both a LMP1 and LMP2 classes.

The new pattern also facilities a production-based engine.  Developed from a “J35” family of engines found in Acura RDX, MDX, RLX and TLX prolongation vehicles, a Acura AR35TT engine has powered category winners during a 12 Hours of Sebring (2011-13); a 24 Hours of Le Mans and LMP2 World Endurance Championship (2012).  The engine also powered entries to American Le Mans Series LMP2 titles in 2012-13; and a altogether winners during a Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2016.


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