Modified NSXs to take on Pikes Pike
The more the merrier
Acura is bringing three specially made NSXs to compete in the June 26 Pikes Peak hill climb. All of them are 2017 model years, but only one of them is how it would leave the factory.
The first NSX is given a custom high-flow racing exhaust, and also benefits from chassis lightening. Weight has been a point of contention around the new NSX, since the original only tipped the scales at 3,000 pounds, and the new one eclipses 3,800 pounds. Piloting this car in the Time Attack 1 class is James Robinson, who drove a first-generation NSX in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 2012-15. The twin-turbo V6 and electric motors from the stock car carry over unchanged here, so no more than the original 573 hp is on tap.
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Nothing too special has been done to the NSX competing in the Time Attack 2 class, so we’ll get to see how a stock NSX fares on the epic hill climb.
Acura’s third NSX is where they flip the script. Inspired by last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototype, this NSX turns full EV, and claims to make three times the output of the approximately 250 hp CR-Z. To do this and keep it sane, they’re using a four-motor setup that allocates torque to all four wheels independently. Tetsuya Yamano, the guy who drove last year’s CR-Z prototype, will be behind the wheel of this NSX.
This being the 100th anniversary of the climb, we expect to experience a bit of nostalgia. Sadly, we won’t be getting it in the form of the original NSX, as Acura is only looking forward this time around.