Japanese car maker Honda has today announced its NSX supercar will make its North American racing debut at the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
In the famed race - which celebrate its 100th anniversary this year - Honda will run two of its American-built NSX supercars in the time attack 1 and 2 classes, driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson. Both have found success at the event in the past.
“Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division in North America.
“We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies – as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”
The company will also contest the Electric Modified Class with an NSX-inspired prototype featuring an experimental all-electric, four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
The same motor also powered the CR-Z prototype that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class, though in the this year’s NSX prototype, it now produces three times the overall power output as last year.
The EV will be piloted by Tetsuya Yamano, who drove the CR-Z-based electric prototype in 2015.
The NSX supercar competing in the Class 1 time attack has been upgraded with a lightened chassis and a custom high-flow racing exhaust. The Class 2 NSX, however, remains largely unchanged, featuring little more than the necessary safety additions required to compete.
Power in both NSX entries will still be taken care of with the same powertrain on offer in the production car, which features a twin-turbo V6 engine connected to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission. The sports hybrid powertrain also features a rear direct drive motor and a front twin motor unit. Combined system output in the NSX is listed at 427kW and 646Nm.
Honda vehicles will also feature prominently outside of competition, with an NSX supercar, a luxury MDX SUV as well as a TLX sports sedan all performing pace car duties.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place in the North America's Rocky Mountains on June 26.