The all-new 2017 Acura NSX, the new supercar from Honda’s luxury division, will make its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Acura will field two NSXs at the event, which will be the 100th anniversary of the hillclimb. One of the NSXs will race in the Time Attack 1 class, the other in the Time Attack 2 class.
The car competing in the Time Attack 1 class has been lightly modified for the race, with a lightened chassis and a racing exhaust. The car competing in the Time Attack 2 class is a production car with just the equipment needed to make it race-ready.
Powering both cars is the same powertrain as a regular NSX, namely a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine combined with two electric motors, one that runs in conjunction with the V-6 and the other that powers the front wheels. The front motor, called the Twin Motor Unit, can electrically vector torque to the appropriate wheel.
The cars will be driven by two members of the Acura engineering team, brothers James and Nick Robinson. James will run Time Attack 1 while Nick will run Time Attack 2.
Along with the NSX racers, Acura will field a special four-motor all-electric vehicle in the Electric Modified class. It is an evolution of the four-motor car that won the Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition last year. The all-electric car will wear NSX clothes for the event.
The 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hillclimb will take place on June 26. The NSX race cars will appear at other events during the weekend, including the Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs on June 24.
Check out this TFLcar video of the all-new 2017 Acura NSX as it takes on a classic 2005 model: