Acura introduces NSX-tweaked 4-Motor EV concept for Pikes Peak

Acura introduces NSX-tweaked 4-Motor EV concept for Pikes Peak image

The Japanese automaker has taken the wraps off its latest 4-Motor EV concept set to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Built to fit in the Electric Modified Class, the new racer has upped the ante by delivering three times the total system output of last year’s electric concept. It has been inspired by the new NSX and will be manned by Tetsuya Yamano – the same driver that took the challenge of racing in 2015 at the wheel of a CR-Z-based electric prototype. Design wise, the NSX connection is pretty clear, though the body has been significantly modified through the use of an aerodynamic body kit that comes with a huge front splitter, a rear diffuser, and a prominent wing. Other highlights include the ventilated rear end, lightweight windows, and lightweight wheels with high-performance Michelin tires.

The electric performance comes courtesy of two Twin Motor Units sitting between the front and rear wheels. Acura calls this as the “ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain” because they can tweak the torque distribution independently for each wheel and during any cornering situation. The company added their prototype is among the first vehicles to deliver “true four-wheel torque vectoring.” No performance specifications were shared for now, with the carmaker only saying it comes with three times more power than last year’s electric prototype. “We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly,” commented Yamano. “We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world.”

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