This year, the 26th of June will mark the 100th Anniversary of the running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. But it will also mark the North American racing debut of the only supercar currently built in the United States, the Acura NSX.
Acura will be entering an NSX into the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes, and the cars will be driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson. Both men work on Acura’s North American engineering team, so both have intimate knowledge of what makes the NSX well suited for this type of competition.
James is on the powertrain development group, and drove a first generation NSX at the hill climb from 2012 to 2015. While Nick is an engineer who worked on dialing in the dynamic performance capabilities of the new NSX during development. Nick also holds the PP250 motorcycle title from the 2015 Pike Peak Hill Climb, so you know he’s not one to hold back.
Modifications to the Time Attack 1 car include chassis lightening and a bespoke high-flow racing exhaust, while modifications to the Time Attack 2 car were minimized to adding the safety equipment required for competition to a production model NSX. The stock NSX powertrain setup of a twin-turbo hybrid V6, a 9-speed dual clutch transmission, and an advanced SH-AWD system should be more than suited for the “Run to the Clouds.”
Acura NSX Time Attack 1 and 2 Vehicles
On top of the two time attack NSX supercars, Acura will have a third entry in the field in the form of an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle. Competing in the Electric Modified Class, and driven by Tetsuya Yamano, the EV Concept features technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation, a world’s first. The Electric SH-AWD powertrain is an evolution of the powertrain found in last year’s CR-Z prototype entry, and produces three times the total system output in this new application.
Acura is also the official pace car sponsor at this year’s race, so an NSX, MDX, and TLX will lead the field of 100 entrants to the top of the 14,115-foot Colorado peak. The cars will be driven by Polyphony Digital President and producer of the legendary Gran Turismo video game series Kazunori Yamaguci, and Pikes Peak legends Randy Schranz and Leonard Vahsholtz.
No word on who will be driving what, but one would think Yamaguci is going to get the NSX given the connection between the company and the series. Besides, if an MDX and TLX are going up Pikes Peak, probably best to have them in the hands of some veteran drivers who’ve raced there.