Acura unveiled the new Acura ARX-05 prototype racecar at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this past weekend.
Acura Motorsports will join forces with the legendary Team Penske organization to field a pair of the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) entries in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Acura ARX-05 (Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5) is the latest in a line of endurance prototypes to be fielded by the brand dating to 1991, just five years after the 1986 launch of the Acura marque.
Based on the very successful ORECA 07 chassis, the new ARX-05 prototype showcases Acura-specific bodywork and design features, including Acura’s signature Jewel Eye headlights, and utilizes the race-proven AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, based on the production 3.5-litre V6 that powers the Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.
The multi-year DPi program will be administered by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.
The competition debut of the Team Penske Acura prototypes will take place at the season-opening Rolex 24 in January, 2018.
One of the team’s two ARX-05 entries will be piloted by the legendary Juan Pablo Montoya
along with sports car champion Dane Cameron
. The second driver pairing will be announced at a later date.
Based on the “J35” family of engines found in Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX production vehicles, the Acura AR35TT engine has powered class winners at the 12 Hours of Sebring (2011-13); the 24 Hours of Le Mans and LMP2 World Endurance Championship (2012).
The engine also powered entries to American Le Mans Series LMP2 titles in 2012-13; and the overall winners at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2016.