2017 Acura NSX To Make A Very Special North American Racing Debut

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The 2017 Acura NSX will make a very special North American debut this year. The NSX supercar will participate at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which is also the event's 100th anniversary. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place from the 26th of June.

Two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes, driven by James and Nick Robinson, who are brothers and are from the company's North American engineering team.

Also competing at the event will be an Acura NSX inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class. The car will feature the experimental all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain, that won last year's challenge.

The NSXs will feature the same three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) as the production NSX. The cars will run on twin-turbo V6 engines mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and Rear Direct Drive Motor, and a front Twin Motor Unit with a world's first electrically powered torque vectoring capability.

Modifications done to the car include a lightweight chassis and a high performance free flow exhaust system.

The Acura NSX inspired prototype vehicle will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who campaigned last year's CR-Z-based electric prototype. The car features an all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain featuring torque allocation for all four wheels individually. The new powertrain produces three times the total system output of last year's electric prototype.

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Story first published: Friday, June 10, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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