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Acura TLX GT race car makes a surprise debut in Detroit, will compete with the Audi R8 LMS

 Acura TLX GT race car makes a surprise debut in Detroit, will compete with the Audi R8 LMS
Acura TLX GT race car live in Detroit

Will compete in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Class

Acura has unveiled the TLX GT race car at the North American International Auto Show.

Set to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Class, the TLX will be campaigned by RealTime Racing and face foes including the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, SRT Viper and Ferrari 458.

The car was created by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and features a HPD chassis, an all-wheel drive system and "aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge." The car also has a twin-turbo V6 engine that is loosely based on the 3.5-liter V6 that resides in the 2015 TLX.

According to Honda Performance Development President Art St. Cyr, "The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural luxury competitors in the Pirelli World Challenge." He went on to say "Acura and Peter Cunningham's RealTime Racing organization have a long history of success together, and we look forward to adding to that tradition with the Acura TLX GT race car in 2014."

Source: Acura

Acura TLX GT Race Car Unveiled At North American International Auto Show

Acura Motorsports today pulled the wraps off the new 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car at the North American International Auto Show, announcing plans to move up to the GT category of the growing and highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge Championship.

To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.

"The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural luxury competitors in the Pirelli World Challenge," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President-Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Acura and Peter Cunningham's RealTime Racing organization have a long history of success together, and we look forward to adding to that tradition with the Acura TLX GT race car in 2014."

Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

The Acura TLX GT Race Car will be campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.

"In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the 25-year history of the series. RealTime has competed successfully in this category before, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. With the onslaught of these world-class GT-3 competitors joining the fray, we will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. But that's what we love to do."

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conradtestamark
I WATCH THE PIRLLE WORLD CHALLENGE ON MVTV,AND SAW SOME ACURA TYPE-S'S IN THR RACE AND DOING QUIT WELL AND RACING AGGEST A AUDI R8 AND ALMOST WIN THE RASE.BUT NEEDS SOME MORE HORSEPOWER MORE LB-FT OF TORQUE AND A TWIN TURBO V6 IN IT WITH MAY BE 6 TO 7 HORSEPOWER IN IT ABOUT 20012 MPH RPM'S999 . AND IT IS NICE TO HEAR THAT ACURA IS PUTTING A BIGGER VICHLE IN THE RACE,I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A V8 IN IT.
Mar 22, 2014 12:11 am
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Kakumbaz
The TLX itself is not a bad car i like the fact that it's finally the right size. If the racing goes well for Acura, I hope those HPD engineers will see the need to bring the twin-turbo V6 into production series and stick a Type S badge on every panel. Just like the good old times..
Jan 14, 2014 7:31 pm
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MRAD
And it's going to have its ass handed to it, why even both in this case. It has been about almost a decade since Honda/Acura has had any type of sports image, heck, they don't even make a single sports car at the moment (NSX is not out yet and the S2000 was cut quite some time ago, with the CRZ basically being a 2 wheeled electric car), with the exception of the Civic Type-R, if that over powered granny-mobile even qualifies.
Jan 14, 2014 4:05 pm
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