By : Joan MacKay Petti – Foreign Editor
Acura NSX And TLX To Race Up Pikes Peak; New TLX A-Spec Makes Racing Debut Jun 8, 2017 – TORRANCE, Calif.
•Turbocharged, 500-horsepower 2018 TLX A-Spec to compete in the exhibition class
•TLX GT returns to competition in the Pikes Peak Open class, driven by Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut
•GT3-inspired Acura NSX will compete in the Time Attack 1 Class, building on last year’s Time Attack 2 Production victory
•Acura TLX and MDX will serve as official pace cars and Rookie Orientation vehicles
Acura will field a pair of Acura TLX sport sedans in the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25, joining the NSX supercar that will return following last year’s victory,
The TLX GT, driven by long-time Acura race car driver Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut, will compete in the Pikes Peak Open class, while Honda R&D engineer Nick Robinson, coming off victory in an NSX in last year’s Pikes Peak Time Attack 2 Production class, will drive a 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec that will make its racing debut in the Exhibition class. Honda R&D engineer and Nick’s brother, James Robinson, will drive a production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications in the Time Attack 1 class.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Acura will race vehicles in the Pikes Peak event.
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Racing Debut
The Pikes Peak Acura TLX A-Spec features a modified suspension, a 500-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and a limited-slip differential for more effective transfer of power to the front wheels. Optimized specifically for this hill climb course, custom engine software and tuning was done in-house by a team of North American Honda R&D engineers. Much of the major engine hardware was pulled from the TLX GT program, including rods, pistons, camshafts and valvetrain. On the exterior, the TLX A-Spec features a hand-crafted carbon-fiber splitter and standoff rear wing while the interior has been entirely stripped of its luxury appointments to reduce weight. A veteran of Pikes Peak, Nick Robinson has run the course for several years, winning the motorcycle Pikes Peak 250 class in 2014. Last year, Robinson piloted the 2017 NSX to victory in the Time Attack 2 Production class.