Acura plans to return to the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb this 12 months, and it is bringing some critical firepower.
The model detailed every of its 5 entries within the hill climb occasion on Wednesday, and so they embrace the returning RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, a brand new MDX Sport Hybrid, an RDX A-Spec, a Time Assault NSX, and a inventory NSX to sort out the race. All however the Time Assault NSX are production-based automobiles, and every of them may have an Acura engineer behind the wheel. Particularly, the model mentioned it makes use of Pikes Peak as a spot to check future efficiency programs, which the MDX, NSX, and RDX every spotlight.
The MDX Sport Hybrid is the most recent of the bunch and boasts a bigger displacement model of the inventory three.5-liter V-6, which was bored out to three.7 liters. The engine pairs with Acura’s three-motor hybrid system and a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. Complete output is 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Acura additionally tuned the SH-AWD system and the adaptive dampers for the race, eliminated a lot of the inside to avoid wasting weight, and added a roll cage. The MDX Sport Hybrid will compete within the Exhibition class.
Acura MDX Pikes Peak Hill Climb race automobile
The RDX A-Spec, which debuted final 12 months, retains its production-derived 2.Zero-liter turbo-Four and 10-speed computerized. To reinforce energy, and assist with losses at such excessive altitudes, Acura engineers swapped in a bigger turbocharger, put in a short-path intercooler, and added an electrical supercharger powered by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. These modifications ramp up the output to 350 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Additional, engineers tweaked the model’s Tremendous Dealing with AWD system for a rear-wheel-drive bias whereas nonetheless permitting as much as 100 % of rear-wheel torque to go to the surface rear wheel. Different additions embrace Brembo entrance calipers and pads, 19-inch HRE solid wheels, and a roll cage. The RDX will as soon as once more sort out the Exhibition class the place it positioned third final 12 months.
Acura’s Time Assault NSX, which secured a hybrid manufacturing automobile document final 12 months within the Time Assault 1 class, returns with bigger turbochargers to make up for any misplaced energy at excessive altitudes. Whereas the inventory NSX produces 573 hp, the bigger turbos push the facility output to 625 hp. The race-prepped NSX can be 200 kilos lighter than the inventory NSX and consists of a big rear wing and entrance splitter to enhance downforce.
Time Assault Acura NSX Pikes Peak Hill Climb race automobile
Additionally returning is the RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT all-wheel drive race automobile. Final 12 months, the automobile positioned first within the Open Class and secured a third-place end total. Below the hood is a twin-turbo V-6 utilized in previous Pirelli World Championship race automobiles, with turbos particularly tuned to combat decreased oxygen ranges. The suspension can be particular to deal with the corners Pikes Peak homes. A brand new rear diffusor is in place for the 2019 automobile that may improve downforce, per Acura.
RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT Pikes Peak Hill Climb race automobile
Lastly, a inventory Acura NSX will sort out the hill climb occasion. The model mentioned it has solely modified the automobile to incorporate mandatory security gear similar to a roll cage, a racing harness, and a fire-suppression system. The model will run the automobile within the Time Assault 1 class, similar to its race-prepped cousin.
Search for the 5 Acuras to make their manner up the hill on June 30.