Acura Lifts the Curtain on a New Prototype Racer


Their ARX-05 Daytona Prototype global, revealed to the press Thursday night in Monterey, Ca., will make its competition debut in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a two-car effort fielded by one of the sport's most prolific team owners.

Behind the driver sits an AR35TT 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6, based on the naturally-aspirated production unit seen in the MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX.

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Based on the successful ORECA 07 platform (which was also used by Jackie Chan DC Racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans), the ARX-05's chassis is made from lightweight carbon fiber.

When Acura announced earlier this summer that they were returning to prototype racing with a two-car Team Penske-led IMSA DPi effort, we couldn't help but to be excited about it. Two full-time drivers have been announced so far; ex-F1, NASCAR and two-time Indy 500 victor Juan Montoya will conduct initial testing with the auto and California's Dane Cameron, already a two-time IMSA champion at 28 years old, has been hired to partner with the mercurial Colombian once the WeatherTech Championship season concludes in October. The multi-year DPi program will be administered by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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Powering Acura's new prototype race auto is a twin-turbo AR35TT V6 engine. The engine also powered entries to American Le Mans Series LMP2 titles in 2012-13; and the overall winners at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2016.

The 2018 Acura RLX makes its public debut this week during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19 on the Monterey peninsula. Most recently, we've won with the new Acura NSX GT3. Last year, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. The new RLX is the company's most sophisticated sedan ever. 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 vehicle and sports auto racing competition. Additionally, Team Penske's IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves has also been linked to the Acura and Penske's lineup.

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