As reported Thursday by Acura -Torque News, we find Acura’s “RealTime Racing” preparing for the first race of the season at “Circuit of Americas” outside of Austin Texas, they’re ready to rumble. 884 trouble free miles driven, 260 laps and 5200 turns. That’s how 2 x 2016 Acura TLX GT cars prepare for the toughest production car based racing series in the U.S. today.
For the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge series, Team RealTime Racing ™, and HPD (Honda/Acura Racing,) with the sponsorship help of Red Line Synthetic racing oil, StopTech brake systems, and others, return the Acura TLX GT #42 and #43 cars to the track for yet another year of no holds barred, running start, extreme high performance production based track racing.
Looking to RealTime Racing’s Facebook page: The development testing of the reconfigured rear-wheel drive Acura TLX GT, conducted at “Circuit of the Americas,” located just outside Austin,Texas, was very successful. According to RealTime Racing’s Facebook post, there was no breakdown or track handling mishaps during the trials, that’s a great start to a great race season.
Acura TLX GT returns to the track sans all wheel drive
As earlier reported by Torque News, Team owner and lead driver #42 Peter Cunningham, along with team mate and car # 43 driver Ryan Eversley, return Acura TLX to Pirelli World Challenge with a changed drive-line configuration. For 2016, Acura TLX GT will run a series compliant rear wheel drive configuration. The “only” all-wheel-drive car on the track is no more.
As goes NASCAR so goes P.W.C.
Racing is racing! As shared with this Examiner by team owner P.D. Cunningham, Acura TLX GT has an engine block and body panel design in common with your 2016 Acura TLX, and that’s about it. The extreme performance engine is built, programmed and track monitored by HPD,(Honda Performance Development Inc.) Rated at 550 horsepower or so while producing monster torque, the super low friction VTEC fuel injected twin turbocharged, 3.5 liter V6, is race proven, and apparently mechanically bulletproof. HPD also runs the engine in this beast.
We’re not privy to the differential and transmission specifications. However, I believe the balance of the car’s fabrication to rest with RealTime Racing ™ — truly a rolling work of art.
Less blocking, more passing
For those of us that follow Pirelli World Challenge, after coming off of season #2 in 2015 with a respectful, yet anti climatic finish record, it became obvious on review of race footage, that team Acura was being team blocked, just a bit. As shared with me by Art St, Cyr, the no nonsense head of Honda’s racing arm, “there will be some changes for Acura TLX GT in 2016,” the biggest being the abandonment of the AWD (all-wheel-drive configuration.)
As of this posting neither Art nor P.D. Cunningham will confirm my suspicion of unwarranted competition TLX team blocking — at the hand of Team Bentley and others. However, with a knowing wink and a nod, it’s hoped that the reconfiguration of TLX GT to rear wheel drive will result in a more level playing field — leading to winning season for RealTime Racing.
They’ve earned it! Pirelli World Challenge will kick off on March 03 at “The Circuit of the Americas.” You may find the season schedule here.