2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car
Acura paces the Race to the Clouds for the fifth time in a rowby Ciprian Florea, on
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.
2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car
Everything There is To Know About the Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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.|
|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)|
|Recirculation Valves||Air bypass type|
|Intercooler Dimensions||Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm|
|REAR DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR|
|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|
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