- Acura to take on tip WeatherTech SportsCar Championship difficulty with eminent Team Penske using span of Acura ARX-05s in 2018
- ARX-05 will be displayed this week during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn
Acura now denounced a new Acura ARX-05 antecedent foe automobile during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Acura Motorsports will join army with a mythological Team Penske classification to margin a span of a new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) entries in a 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Acura ARX-05 (Acura Racing eXperimental, era 5) is a latest in a line of continuation prototypes to be fielded by a code dating to 1991, only 5 years after a 1986 launch of a Acura marque. 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 AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, formed on a prolongation 3.5-liter V-6 that powers a Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.
“At Acura, Precision Crafted Performance is during a heart of all we do.” pronounced Jon Ikeda, Acura vice-president and ubiquitous manager. “Whether it is a prolongation cars or a antecedent foe car, if we wish to be a opening code we need to perform.”
The multi-year DPi module will be administered by Honda Performance Development (HPD), 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. One of a team’s dual ARX-05 entries will be piloted by a mythological Juan Pablo Montoya along with sports automobile champion Dane Cameron. The second motorist pairing will be announced during a after date.
“Right from a start, Acura has raced – and finished so successfully,” pronounced Art St. Cyr, President of HPD and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve won with a Acura Integra Type R, a RSX, a first-generation NSX and with a Le Mans prototypes. Most recently, we’ve won with a new Acura NSX GT3. The ARX-05 is a fifth-generation prototype, and we pattern good things from a partnership with Team Penske.”
DPi manners need manufacturers to use one of 4 authorized antecedent chassis, propitious with IMSA-homologated, manufacturer-designed and branded bodywork and engines. In a box of a ARX-05, a bodywork was grown by a group led by Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek.
“We combined a accumulation of initial sketches, afterwards pared those down a handful of intensity designs. Next came aero and breeze hovel indication testing, and time for a engineers to have their say,” Marek recounted. “The pattern continued to be polished via a contrast and analysis process, until we came adult with a final diagnosis that met a opening goals while progressing Acura styling cues. It’s been an sparkling process.”
The Acura ARX-05 will supplement to a abounding bequest of Acura sports automobile racing successes, including a 1991-93 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and motorist championships; 50 IMSA and American Le Mans Series difficulty or altogether foe victories (through Watkins Glen 2017); and a 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, motorist and group championships, in both a LMP1 and LMP2 classes.
Based on a “J35” family of engines found in Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX prolongation vehicles, a Acura AR35TT engine has powered difficulty 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.
Acura Motorsports now campaigns a Acura NSX GT3 in a IMSA GTD difficulty with Michael Shank Racing – where it has already won during Detroit and Watkins Glen this deteriorate – as good as with Real Time Racing in a Pirelli World Challenge GT division.
Following today’s central unveiling, a Acura ARX-05 will also be on arrangement during a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 19) and on a Concept Lawn during a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 20).
Acura is a heading automotive oppulance nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an strange proceed to record and pattern that creates a new pushing experience. The Acura lineup facilities 6 particular models – a RLX premium, oppulance sedan, a TLX opening oppulance sedan, a ILX foe sedan, a 5-passenger RDX oppulance crossover SUV, and a seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row oppulance SUV. Last year, Acura launched a next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and apex countenance of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead American Honda’s entrance into Indy automobile racing. No other manufacturer has matched a company’s success in Indy cars, that includes 225 foe victories, 15 drivers’ championships, 6 rival manufacturers’ championships and 12 Indianapolis 500 victories given 2004.
HPD, Acura and Honda have a story of success in continuation sports automobile racing, with some-more than 100 antecedent victories given 1991, including possibly difficulty or altogether victories during a Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Acura and HPD swept all antecedent championships in a 2009 American Le Mans Series; and won a North American Endurance Championship manufacturers’ pretension in 2016. Prior to a first of HPD in 1993, Acura won 25 races and 3 uninterrupted IMSA Camel Lights Championships from 1991-93.
HPD’s Acura and Honda engines have available 78 foe wins during continuation sports automobile races around a world, with 70 of those victories entrance in a HPD-developed line of sports antecedent cars. For some-more information about HPD and a company’s racing product lines, greatfully revisit http://hpd.honda.com.
About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of a many successful teams in a story of veteran sports and distinguished a 50th Anniversary in 2016. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have constructed some-more than 450 vital foe wins, some-more than 520 stick positions and 29 inhabitant championships opposite open-wheel, batch automobile and sports automobile racing competition. In a storied history, a group has also warranted 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, dual Daytona 500 championships, a Formula One win and altogether victories in a 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Team Penske now competes in a Verizon IndyCar Series, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and NASCAR XFINITY Series. The group also races in a Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For some-more information about Team Penske, greatfully visit: www.teampenske.com.
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