Acura NSX To Pace The 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
For a car which only just began production, we sure have seen an awful lot of the new 2016 Acura NSX. But we don’t hear anybody complaining, and soon we’ll get another good look, as the NSX will be the official pace car of the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is not the full-on racing version of the car which Honda has also shown off recently, again ahead of the car hitting showrooms, and as a pace car it won’t really get to open up the throttle. But since seeing the car at all is pretty special at this stage, it’s fine if it’s not hitting its top speed.
The car will be driven by Sage Marie of American Honda Public Relations, who also has some racing experience, including two runs at Pikes Peak. The car will be prominently displayed when not actually being driven, for those in attendance to look at. Also, Honda is setting up cameras all along the course in order to post shots of the car in motion all over social media. The car’s livery is new, but the heritage black, white and red color scheme is always used for the new NSX.
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Why it matters
There are a lot of different kinds of racing, and it’s difficult to really compare one to another, but in the world of hill climb events, Pikes Peak is number one. The course is 12.4 miles long and though it used to be mostly gravel, is now fully paved. So it’s no longer the best way to show off the NSX’s performance hybrid all-wheel-drive system, but it isn’t such a big missed opportunity when talking about a pace car. Neither will the 550-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 get much of a workout, which is a shame, as Honda has claimed its performance will come in at Ferrari 458 levels. But we’ll get to see all sorts of comparison tests soon enough.
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