Acura NSX is the fastest production hybrid at Pikes Peak.
2020 did not kill the Race to the Clouds.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Pikes Peak means so much to people from all walks of life. Some see it as a hiking paradise, but all motorheads describe it as the home to one of the worlds most fearsome hill climbs. In the latest running, Acura proved its hand with the NSX as the fastest performance hybrid in the race.
In the driver's seat was James Robinson, Acura lead engineer, and 10 times Pikes Peak veteran with podium finishes in the Exhibition, Open, and Time Attack 1 classes. This year competing in the TA1 class, he came up against some fierce competition with a Porsche 935 tribute car driven by Jeff Zwart and GT2 RS Clubsport piloted by David Donner amongst the runners.
The Acura finished third in class, behind the two Porsches driven by Zwaart and Donner. It’s clear the top three were the undisputed class off the field, with the Acura finishing almost a minute ahead of the next-best car.
Results aside, the Acura is nothing close to stock. The hill climb special sports a massive rear wing, aggro front splitter, 200 pounds of weight reduction, and HRE wheels shod with sticky Pirelli rubber. The engine has also been fettled to the tune of 625 horsepower in comparison to the standard 573.
Shoving the Mountain exploits aside, Acura Motorsports remains integral to the brand since it's conception in 1983. In its tenure, the partnership has produced multiple championships in the American sports car racing scene with both prototype and GT3 challengers.
If their track record is anything to go by, I am sure that Acura will be back again, to set a new record, in one of the longest running motorsport events in America.