2016-06-28

NSX Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The 2017 Honda NSX has claimed victory in its North American racing competition debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

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The NSX climbed the 4,302 m pinnacle of Pikes Peak and clinching first place in the Time Attack 2 class at the event, which was the 100th anniversary of the running of America’s second oldest race.

The production-based NSX is powered by Acura’s revolutionary three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®), the first electrified torque vectoring powertrain in the world of exotic sports cars.

With added required safety equipment for competition, the NSX negotiated the 20 km course in a time of 10:28.820 to win the Time Attack 2 class of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Nick Robinson, North American R&D team member and engineer in charge of the next-generation supercar’s dynamic performance, drove the production-based Acura NSX to victory. Nick is also the reigning PP250 winner from the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  “I’m incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX!” Robinson said. “The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off.”

Two additional Acura vehicles - the NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, driven by Tetsuya Yamano, and a modified 2017 Acura NSX, driven by Nick’s brother, James Robinson – also campaigned in the race.

Yamano finished second in the Electric Modified class in the NSX-inspired EV, posting a time of 9:06.015 (79.119 mph), which made him the third fastest on the overall charts. The Acura EV 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, featuring a world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation.

"For our new NSX to win one of the most historic and challenging races on the planet in its North American racing debut is a great achievement for everyone involved in creating the American-built supercar," Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Honda North America’s luxury Acura Division, said. “The performance of NSX in this year’s race is a testament to Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA and will serve as a launching pad for future racing endeavors.”

With its high-output electric motors and 4-motor torque vectoring, the Concept was well suited to the demands of the 156 complex corners the driver encountered on the 20 km drive up Pikes Peak.  Participants started at an altitude of 2862 m and finished the torturous drive at 4302 m.