Acura paces the Race to the Clouds for the fifth time in a row

The 2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car is a unique version of the Acura NSX that serves as the official pace car for the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Essentially a production model fitted with pace-specific features, the 2019 NSX is the fifth consecutive Acura to pace the "Race to the Clouds." The second-gen NSX first served as the pace car for this event in 2015.

The Japanese pace car will be driven to the Pikes Peak summit by David Donner. A six-time Pikes Peak champion, Donner is also the current holder of the Time Attack 2 Production class record. The pace car will be joined by five other race entries, including two NSX cars. James Robinson will drive one in the Time Attack 1 class, while Nick Robinson will drive the second in the same category. Acura also fields the TLX GT in the Open class, the RDX A-Spec in the Exhibition class, and the MDX Sport Hybrid in the Exhibition class.

Everything There is To Know About the Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car

2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car
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The special livery features white and baby blue graphics over a Thermal Orange Pearl paint

Like most modern pace cars, the Acura NSX is just a regular production model with a unique livery. While most pace cars also feature additional lights in the bumper or even on the roof, the NSX has none. The only thing that sets this car apart from the standard NSX is the colorful livery. Penned by Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, it features white and baby blue graphics over a Thermal Orange Pearl paint. This color is used by Acura on all five race entries for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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On top of the bright orange paint, the pace car features white and blue accents around the side bumper vents and above the headlamps. The same colors adorn the rear fenders, but Acura also added grey and black graphics to these elements. The black on the rear fenders extends into the rear bumper, while the grey accents extend into the rear fascia. The rear bumper vents feature blue surrounds, while the fascia has a blue triangle right in the center. A horizontal orange stripe adorns the black rear spoiler.

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The cabin also remains unchanged compared to the standard model, but Acura added a radio so that the driver can communicate with race organizers.

The same goes for the drivetrain, with no changes whatsoever made to the hybrid setup. Just like the regular NSX, the pace car features a twin-turbo V-6 engine and three electric motors. These units produce a combined 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. All this oomph is channeled to the rear wheels through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Power Unit
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT
Maximum Total System Power 573 HP
Approx. Top Speed 191 MPH
Type Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6
Layout Longitudinally mid-mounted
Displacement 3493 cc
Horsepower - SAE Net 500 HP @ 6500-7500 RPM
Torque 406 LB-FT @ 2000-6000 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed 7500 rpm
Power Output Per Liter 143 hp/liter
Bore and Stroke 3.6 in. x 3.5 in.
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Valve Train 24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts
Intake Valve Construction Forged steel
Exhaust Valve Construction Forged steel , sodium-filled
Valve Angle 30 degrees (include angle)
Cylinder Block and Head Material Aluminum alloy
Cylinder Bore Lining Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray
Cylinder Bank Angle 75 degrees
Crankshaft Construction Forged steel
Piston Construction Cast aluminum with integrated cooling channel
Connecting Rod Construction Forged steel, dowel pin
Fuel Injection Direct and port
Throttle Control Drive-by-Wire throttle system
Fuel Requirement Premium unleaded
Lubrication Dry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump
Oil Type Synthetic 0W-40
Cooling system Liquid and oil cooling
Exhaust System Layout Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank
Turbocharger Type Single vane
Maximum Boost Pressure 105 kPa (1.05 bar)
Turbine Construction Inconel
Wastegate Control Electrical
Recirculation Valves Air bypass type
Intercooler Dimensions Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm
Type Water-cooled motor/generator
Layout Direct drive situated between engine & transmission; Crankshaft output shaft-attached permanent magnet rotor & in-engine body- copper windings
Horsepower 47 HP @ 3000 RPM
Torque 109 LB-FT @ 500-2000 RPM

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Acura NSX.

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2016 Acura EV Concept High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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2017 Acura NSX GT Car
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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX GT Car.

2019 NSX to serve as the official Pace Car for the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds
Local legend David Donner to lead the race to the summit
A 2019 Acura NSX will serve as the official Pace Car during this year’s running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event on June 30. This marks Acura’s fifth consecutive year leading the field at Pikes Peak. The second generation NSX first served as the Pace Car in 2015, and has competed in the race each year since.

Piloting the NSX Pace Car to the summit is David Donner, a six-time event champion and current holder of the Time Attack 2 Production Class record.

A "Pikes Peak" themed livery, penned by Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek, will cover the Thermal Orange Pearl NSX Pace Car as well as the five Acura race entries.

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