The Acura ARX is a sports prototype racing car that is designed to compete in Le Mans Daytona h regulations. It has been designed by Honda Performance Development, and is manufactured by Oreca. It will compete in the GTP class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
IMSA championships won
Acura has won six major titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Two wins in the DPi class, one in the GTD class, and five in the Teams’ and Drivers’ titles. They also won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2021 and the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup in 2021.
Brendon Hartley, an IMSA and WEC racing veteran from New Zealand, joined the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA. Hartley is a three-time Le Mans winner and former F1 driver who has been on the podium twice in seven previous IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races. He was also a finalist in the WEC Drivers’ Championship in 2021.
The next season, Acura will compete in the DPi and GTD classes, while continuing their partnerships with Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing. They will also field a hybrid-powered, IMSA-spec, ARX-06 prototype in the GTP class.
The DPi class is set to close its doors in the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The LMDh class will replace it and include BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche.
IMSA prototype titles won
Acura is no stranger to IMSA prototype championships, as it has won championships in every class that is part of the organization’s premier series. The automaker will defend its title in 2021, when it will race an ARX-05 prototype.
Honda has a long history in endurance sports car racing. The automaker has won overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The company has also won numerous other races.
The Acura ARX-05 is a prototype car that was built by ORECA and Honda Performance Development. It is equipped with a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 that generates 600 horsepower. It is capable of reaching a top speed of 180 miles per hour.
ORECA, Acura Design Studio and HPD worked together to develop the vehicle’s aerodynamics and chassis layout. A formula-car style wing was incorporated into the car’s aerodynamics and its exterior styling.
The Acura ARX-05 competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It finished second in the season’s Daytona Classic. The car also scored 14 podium finishes.
IMSA Daytona Prototype international race car
Acura will return to the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a new prototype race car. The company’s new ARX DPi is a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 racer that is capable of 180 miles per hour.
The ARX-05 is based on a chassis supplied by ORECA. The bodywork and aerodynamics of the racer have been created by the Honda Performance Development (HPD) division of Acura Motorsports.
The car features a powertrain developed by HPD, including a clean-sheet hybrid powertrain control system. This system incorporates brake-by-wire technology and a vehicle dynamics control system.
The powerplant is based on a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the TLX. The engine is coupled to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The car is equipped with a Bosch Motor Generator Unit, which is included in the common transmission casing. The power is then sent to the rear wheels.
The Acura ARX DPi was unveiled at Monterey Car Week. It will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The team announced that Juan Pablo Montoya will pilot the car.
IMSA Drivers’ and Teams’ championships won
Acura has clinched the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ championships in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This is the second straight year that Acura has swept both categories. It has also won the GTD class title in both years. The Acura NSX GT3 Evo has won the last four IMSA GTD races.
In the DPi class, Acura has two cars on the grid. The #10 with Tom Blomqvist and Ricky Taylor holds a 14-point lead over the #60. DPi class competition has changed hands at every race this season.
The race was held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, a short drive from Monterey, California. The team had won two weeks ago at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Several drivers had been on the pole for the final round. Ultimately, it came down to a race-to-race battle between Tom Blomqvist and Filipe Albuquerque.
The first crash of the race ripped both Acuras apart. It took several minutes for the field to restart. When the field returned, Risi Competizione was moved to the back of the lead lap. It was only after a few more laps that Albuquerque was able to make a comeback. He closed the gap to four seconds with less than 50 minutes remaining.