2021 Acura TLX Type S Power Figures Confirmed And They’re Impressive
2021 TLX will make its racing debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb; TLX Type S prototype serves as official race car
Acura will field three entries for the Pikes Peak race; two TLX 2021 sport sedans tuned for racing and one NSX “Time Attack” – all driven and driven by the company’s R&D engineers
Developmental TLX Type S prototype set to set the pace for the race, powered by Acura’s new 3.0 V6 Turbo producing around 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque
The new TLX arrives at Acura dealerships this fall; High performance S-type variant to follow next spring
TORRANCE, Calif., July 30, 2020 – The 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marks the official racing debut of the completely redesigned 2021 TLX, which goes on sale this fall. Acura will participate in the 98th edition of the ‘Race to the Clouds’ on August 30 with two race-ready second-generation TLXs powered by modified versions of the production 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, as well as an NSX supercar “Time Attack”. The 14,115-foot summit race will be a development prototype of the highly anticipated TLX Type S, ahead of its market introduction next spring.
VIDEO: 2021 Acura TLX to make racing debut at Pikes Peak
Racing is a key expression of Acura’s precision performance DNA. Over the past nine years, Acura has used Pikes Peak’s grueling climb to develop the skills of the company’s young engineers and as a test bed for future performance technologies for Acura production vehicles. The Acura Pikes Peak Racing Team is made up of a group of volunteer R&D engineers and is responsible for all aspects of competition including vehicle development, race preparation, crew support and driving racing cars to the finish line.
Acura’s long-time competitive presence at Pikes Peak includes numerous race records and podium finishes. In 2019, Peter Cunningham finished first in the open class for the third consecutive year with the RealTime Racing TLX GT (9: 24.433). Current record streaks include a production hybrid car record for the Acura NSX driven by James Robinson (10: 02.448) and a front wheel drive record for the Acura TLX driven by Nick Robinson (10: 48.094).
TLX Type S Pace Car // Driver: Nick Robinson
The TLX Type S Pace Car, an early development prototype used for circuit testing, will be driven by Nick Robinson, a senior engineer in the company’s chassis development group. The TLX Type S prototype is currently being finalized before it hits the market next spring. The TLX Type S is powered by Acura’s new 3.0-liter V6 Turbo engine, which is expected to produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque and power distribution to all four wheels via Acura’s fourth generation Super Handling ™ all-wheel drive (SH-AWD®). In addition, the TLX Type S speed car was fitted with the optional lightweight Y-spoke wheels, inspired by those of the NSX, and several safety modifications including a roll bar and fire extinguisher system. fire.
A Pikes Peak veteran himself, Robinson set a new front-wheel drive record for Pikes Peak in 2018 with an Acura TLX and achieved a Time Attack 2 class victory with a second-gen NSX in 2016. The year before, he had won the PP250 class on a Honda motorcycle. Additionally, Nick Robinson is an expert in driving safety and helps mentor new drivers throughout their careers at Honda R&D Americas.
2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Jordan Guitar
Both TLX 2021 race cars will compete in the show class, with multiple modifications in preparation for the grueling hill climb. The TLX’s standard 2.0-liter turbo engine was tuned for racing with a larger turbo and intercooler for increased power. The stopping performance of the electro-servo brake system is enhanced with the front calipers and 4-piston Brembo® rotors of the TLX Type S, as well as the high-performance racing pads. A more aggressive suspension setup is applied, along with a unique tuning for the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive ™ (SH-AWD®) system. Lightweight 19-inch HRE wheels with Pirelli racing tires complete the preparation of the TLX.
Pilot Jordan Guitar, a member of the company’s chassis development group, made his Pikes Peak debut in 2018 and returned in 2019 – driving Acura SUVs in both cases.
2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Justin Lumbard
The second TLX entered in the Exhibition category will be driven by Justin Lumbard – Acura’s Pikes Peak Team Director of Efforts. The Lumbard TLX benefits from a more powerful tuning for the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a more aggressive setup for the TLX’s double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Race-ready modifications are complemented by high-performance brake pads, lightweight 18-inch HRE wheels, and Pirelli racing tires.
Rookie Pikes Peak, Justin Lumbard joined the Acura Pikes Peak team in 2017 and became co-leader a year later. Lumbard took on the lead role in Acura’s Pikes Peak racing program this year, including overseeing the development of TLX racing car models.
NSX Time Attack // Driver: James Robinson
Back on top for the third consecutive year, the NSX “Time Attack” driven by James Robinson. A 10-time Pikes Peak veteran, Robinson’s past successes in ‘Race to the Clouds’ include a production hybrid car record set with NSX in 2018 (10: 02.448) as well as podiums in the Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1.
The NSX “Time Attack” features improved aerodynamics with a larger rear spoiler and aggressive front splitter. Bigger turbochargers and improved engine management software increase the total system power to around 625 horsepower. Various weight-saving measures, including a stripped-down interior, reduce the weight of the NSX “Time Attack” by over 200 lbs. Finally, the lightweight HRE forged wheels are wrapped in high-grip Pirelli R tires.
About TLX 2021
The all-new 2021 Acura TLX ushers in a new era of performance Acura as the fastest, most agile and best-equipped sedan in the brand’s 35-year history. With a model-exclusive body structure and chassis architecture, full turbo engine lineup and an athletic stance of bold proportions, the new TLX delivers dramatic gains in styling and dynamic performance. The 2021 TLX will arrive in dealerships in early fall, while the high-performance Type S variant will arrive next spring. For more information: 2021 Acura TLX Reveal
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers precision performance – a commitment to expressive style, high performance, and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup includes five distinctive models: the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport utility vehicles, and the next-generation electrified NSX supercar. All Acura models sold in North America for the 2021 model year are manufactured in the USA, using domestic and global parts.
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