Acura is returning to the Pikes Peak event with a pair of TLXes and an NSX.Acura will be heading to the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25 with two new TLX-based race cars, along with a racing version of its NSX supercar.A racing-spec version of Acura's TLX A-Spec sedan will compete in the race's Exhibition class. It'll use a modified version of the car's standard 3.5L V6 with upgrades that include new rods, pistons and camshafts. The V6 also receives a turbocharger, lifting output to 500 horsepower. Power is sent to front-wheels, with a limited-slip differential ensuring minimal wheel spin. Other modifications include a carbon fiber front splitter, rear wing and a completely gutted interior.
Honda R&D engineer Nick Robinson will pilot the TLX A-Spec up the course. Last year Robinson drove an Acura NSX to victory in the Time Attack 2 Production class.
A second TLX, known as the GT, will compete in the Pikes Peak Open class. The TLX GT will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged V6 used in the Pirelli World Challenge series from 2014 to 2016. Unlike the front-wheel drive TLX A-Spec racer, the TLX GT will employ all-wheel drive.
Other modifications include a transmission tuned specifically for the hill climb, a modified racing suspension system and new aero package for better downforce. Peter Cunningham, a seasoned racing veteran but rookie to Pikes Peak, will be behind the wheel of the TLX GT.
"I've always wanted to race with Acura at Pikes Peak. It's a challenge I've never done," said Cunningham. "I think we have a great opportunity with the Acura TLX GT and look forward to seeing how it competes on the hill."
Acura's NSX will be returning to the event's Time Attack 1 class in 2017. This year's entrant is largely based on the car Acura campaigned last year, but improvements have been made to the car's aerodynamics and engine management software. It'll also use new R-compound tires that should better compliment the NSX's all-wheel drive system.
James Robinson, a Honda R&D employee and brother to Nick Robinson, will pilot the NSX Time Attack 1 car.
This year marks Acura's sixth-straight year of participating in the Pikes Peak event.