The ARX-05 seeks to continue Acura's racing successes in IMSA DPI.
Acura unveiled a new prototype racer at The Quail, one of the many classic car events taking place at Monterey Historic Car Week.
The Acura ARX-05 announces the company's latest entry into prototype racing, specifically in the IMSA DPI (Daytona Prototype International) series. Managed by Team Penske, the effort will field two cars in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
ARX-05 stands for Acura Racng eXperimental, generation five, marking the fifth iteration of endurance prototypes that Acura has campaigned since 1991. The chassis is an Oreca 07, one of four approved by IMSA.
The body and engine, on the other hand, are Acura designed. Power comes from the twin-turbo AR35TT engine, based on the J35 3.5-liter V-6 found on many Acura cars, including the TLX, RLX RDX, and MDX.
The body incorporates styling cues, as much as they can be, from production Acura cars, including the "jewel eye" headlights. Extensive wind tunnel testing has created a deadly, insectoid-looking machine with plenty of aerodynamic canards, scoops, and wingage.
Acura hopes to repeat its past motorsports successes, including the 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes, as well as the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2016.