Since the historic Colorado hill climb event kicked off in 1916, racers on both four wheels and two have squared-off against each other and the elements to climb Pikes Peak in record time.
For the annual 2016 running, Acura will return with its all-new NSX once again, but this time not as an official pace car. This time, a pair of 2017 Acura NSX race cars will challenge the field as they compete for the win, this according to a new report from AutoBlog Green and a tentative 2016 competitor list.
One NSX will race in the Time Attack 2 Production class, which features largely stock vehicles with minor modifications, while the second 2017 Acura NSX will race in the Time Attack 1 class, which permits more substantial powertrain, suspension, and aerodynamic modifications. Both are driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson, from Honda’s R&D outfit.
The two vehicles pictured at top are not this year’s NSX race cars, however. The NSX to the right served as the 2015 pace car, while the NSX on the left is a modified first-generation car, which has charged up the mountain in recent years with James Robinson at the wheel.
The report suggests Honda and Acura will send a few other vehicles to compete in Colorado as well, which includes an updated version of last year’s electric “4-Motor EV Concept” Honda CR-Z competition car—a prototype that could vie for the overall win. It is currently fielded in the Electric Modified class with Japanese Super GT driver Tetsuya Yamano at the helm. The Honda Powersports division will also field an ATV challenger too, in the form of a race-tuned 2015 TRX1000 ridden by Honda engineer Keith Steidl.
The event kicks off on Sunday, June 26. Stay tuned for more.