For the annual 2016 running, Acura will return with its all-new NSX once again, but this time not as an official pace car. This time, a pair of 2017 Acura NSX race cars will challenge the field as they compete for the win, this according to a new report from AutoBlog Green and a tentative 2016 competitor list.
One NSX will race in the Time Attack 2 Production class, which features largely stock vehicles with minor modifications, while the second 2017 Acura NSX will race in the Time Attack 1 class, which permits more substantial powertrain, suspension, and aerodynamic modifications. Both are driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson, from Honda’s R&D outfit.
Oh, and there will of course be a factory entry or two from Honda’s Powersports division. Honda engineerKeith Steidl will ride a 2015 TRX1000 ATV in the Pikes Peak Challenge – Exhibition Powersport class.
In the past, Honda has fielded plenty of other neat stuff in the Race to the Clouds. In 2012, it ran an NSX fitted with a twin-turbo V6 from an LMP2 car, and the 2013 race saw the very practical 532-horsepower turbocharged Odyssey minivan join the Exhibition class. The 2016 race marks the Pikes Peak hillclimb’s 100th anniversary (but not the 101st running since competition took some breaks back in wartime). We’re looking forward to June already.