The Acura ARX-05 will debut during Monterey Car Week and will have its competition debut at Daytona in January.
After a few years away, Acura will return to prototype racing with the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. However, visitors to The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, or the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will get an early look at the new race car. Team Penske will campaign two of the cars for the company in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Acura’s teaser video keeps the ARX-05 under camouflage, but it reveals an odd design that features a wing between the front fenders. An intake on top of the roof feeds air to the production-derived mid-mounted V6 engine – possibly the same biturbo 3.5-liter unit from the NSX GT3. A prominent fin leads to a lower wing at the back. The general design comes from Acura global creative director Dave Marek, but the company admits that there’s extensive wind tunnel developing for fine-tuning the shape. Underneath the wild body, the car uses a chassis from Oreca.
There are no details about the driver lineup yet, but our partners at Motorsport report that former Formula One pilot and Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya might be part of the crew. Helio Castroneves could also be a member of the team.
Acura previously competed with the ARX prototypes in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes of the American Le Mans Series, now the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It currently competes in the IMSA series’ GTD class with the NSX GT3.
Penske last race sports cars when it ran Porsche’s LMP2 competition in the ALMS from 2006 through 2008. The effort was a massive success, including several outright victories over Audi’s R10 TDI.
Acura Teases New ARX-05 Prototype Race Car Ahead of Monterey Automotive Week
Aug 8, 2017 - TORRANCE, Calif.
- Vehicle to debut August 18 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, with appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to follow
- Acura teaming with legendary Team Penske to compete in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
ARX-05 marks Acura's return to prototype racing (youtu.be/cblkk4d9YMw)
- Race campaign will debut January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona
TORRANCE, Calif. – Acura teased its newest race car, the Acura ARX-05 prototype, to be fielded by the legendary Team Penske in 2018. Introduced in a new video (https://youtu.be/cblkk4d9YMw), the ARX-05 marks the Acura brand's anticipated return to prototype racing and will be revealed during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, beginning at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (August 18), followed by an appearance at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 19) and concluding on the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concept lawn (August 20). Team Penske, will campaign a pair of entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year. The Acura ARX-05 makes its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2018.
The Acura ARX-05 [Acura Racing eXperimental, generation5] is the latest in a successful line of endurance prototypes fielded by the brand beginning more than 25 years ago (1991).The prototype race car was styled by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The multi-year program will be administered by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.
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Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Last year, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead American Honda's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched the company's success in Indy cars, which includes 225 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six competitive manufacturers' championships and 12 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004.
HPD, Acura and Honda have a history of success in endurance sports car racing, with more than 100 prototype victories since 1991, including either class or overall victories at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Acura and HPD swept all prototype championships in the 2009 American Le Mans Series; and won the North American Endurance Championship manufacturers' title in 2016. Prior to the founding of HPD in 1993, Acura won 25 races and three consecutive IMSA Camel Lights Championships from 1991-93.
HPD's Acura and Honda engines have recorded 78 race wins at endurance sports car races around the world, with 70 of those victories coming in the HPD-developed line of sports prototype cars. For more information about HPD and the company's racing product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.
About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 450 major race wins, more than 520 pole positions and 29 national championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. In its storied history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 championships, a Formula One win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Team Penske currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.
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