The recently launched 2017 Acura NSX supercar can claim a class victory at its North American racing debut.
The hybrid took part in the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb over the weekend. The 100th running of the climb, which is the nation’s second-oldest motorsports event, had some crazy weather, too. It actually hailed at the summit at one point.
The climb, which has various categories for automobiles and motorcycles, is no easy feat. It’s a 12.42 mile round trip course that takes vehicles up to the 14,115-feet summit peak. Drivers get four days to practice the run before actual race day.
The production-based NSX clinched the top spot in the Time Attack 2 class with a time of 10:28:820. The NSX is powered by a three-motor Sport Hybrid AWD powertrain. The competition car also added some safety equipment required for the run.
“I’m incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX,” said NSX engineer Nick Robinson.”The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off.”
Acura also brought a new all-electric prototype to the climb. Acura calls the EV a new NSX-inspired 4-motor SH-AWD concept.
The EV finished second in the Electric Modified class, posting a time of 9:06.015.
Acura says the concept’s all-electric SH-AWD powertrain boasts peak output three times the total system output of the CR-Z prototype that ran last year.
Acura also says it features a world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation.
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