It’s Monterey Automotive Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this week. Acura will debut the ARX-05 Prototype Race Car on 18th August 2017 at ‘The Quail’ – a Motorsports Gathering – followed by appearances at the ‘Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion’ and ‘Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’.
For those who can’t make it to Monterey, there is a teaser video at the bottom of this page.
Teaming up with Team Penske, Acura will compete in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018 and return to prototype racing.
The race campaign will debut January 2018 for ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’.
The Acura ARX-05 [Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5] is the latest in a successful line of endurance prototypes fielded by the brand since 1991.
The prototype race car was styled by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director.
Check out the camouflaged front aerodynamics channels, wings and strakes.
There is also a little bit of the Acura nose motif in evidence to keep the Acura drivers happy out there….
Team Penske will field two race cars in the multi-year program with Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.
Honda Performance Development (HPD)
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead American Honda’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched the company’s success in Indy cars, which includes 225 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six competitive manufacturers’ championships and 12 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004.
HPD, Acura and Honda have a history of success in endurance sports car racing, with more than 100 prototype victories since 1991, including either class or overall victories at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Acura and HPD swept all prototype championships in the 2009 American Le Mans Series; and won the North American Endurance Championship manufacturers’ title in 2016. Prior to the founding of HPD in 1993, Acura won 25 races and three consecutive IMSA Camel Lights Championships from 1991-93.
HPD’s Acura and Honda engines have recorded 78 race wins at endurance sports car races around the world, with 70 of those victories coming in the HPD-developed line of sports prototype cars.
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 450 major race wins, more than 520 pole positions and 29 national championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. With 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 championships, a Formula One win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, Team Penske is “Fierce”.
VIDEO Acura – ARX-05 – Prototype Race Car Teaser
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).