Acura’s second-generation NSX supercar with make its North American racing debut at the 100th Anniversary of the running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, the company has announced.
Acura will send a pair of NSXs up the hill climb later this month — one in the Time Attack 1 class and the other in the Time Attack 2 class. The Time Attack 1 NSX will be driven by Honda engineer James Robinson while his brother Nick, who’s also part of Honda’s North American engineering team, will be piloting the Time Attack 2 NSX.
James’ car will include a few modifications, including a lighter chassis and a high-flow racing exhaust. James’ NSX, meanwhile, will be completely stock with the exception of some added safety equipment.
“Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies – as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”
Additionally, Acura will campaign an “NSX-inspired” all-electric 4-motor SH-AWD Concept vehicle in the event’s Electric Modified Class. Acura didn’t detail the concept vehicle, but says it will feature a “further evolution of the experimental all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.” However, the prototype drivetrain housed beneath the body of an NSX will boast three times the power of the Honda CR-Z that won the Electric Modified Class last year.