Acura Tries to Save Itself from Boring with the TLX GT Racer
Next month, Acura will debut its GT race car at the Pirelli World Challenge, rounds 6 and 7, in Detroit. This is the track version of the upcoming 2015 TLX that made its debut in Detroit. So if you still believe in 'Race on Sunday, Buy on Monday,' it’s of vital importance that Acura’s new TLX GT do well against stiff competition in a series that’s growing rapidly in popularity. Acura is not the brand that leaps to mind when it comes to excitement in either street going vehicles or race cars. They’ve had a few blips on the radar, but none of their cars have the racing history of manufacturers such as Porsche, Audi, or Ferrari. Granted, Acura is much newer, but they will still have to go against those three legendary brands, as well as several others such as Chevrolet, with their Corvette, and Lamborghini with their Gallardo model. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Acura TLX GT
Some of the cars that race in World Challenge will be direct competitors to the TLX on and off the track. Acura is hoping to prove itself by entering part way through the season and winning against their direct competitors. They will race against cars from a more upscale market as well. It will be interesting to see how the new TLX GT fares against some of those vehicles.
The good news for Acura and race fans is that the car will be raced by Real Time Racing, with owner/driver Peter Cunningham. RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura cars for 20 years. So, they’ll be the best possible partner for Acura Motorsports in this venture.
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The TLX GT was also developed by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co. HPD helped develop the car from the production version of the TLX. The car itself will be powered by a direct-injected, twin turbocharged V6, and the team will only have one car initially, but hope to add another one at a date to be announced. Stay tuned to Pirelli World Challenge May 30th-June 1st to find out if Acura has finally found excitement on the track, possibly leading to thrills and sales off track.
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