Acura NSX Is The Fastest Production Hybrid Ever At Pikes Peak
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Pikes Peak is an area that means so much to people of all walks of life. Some may see a hiking paradise, others a quiet mile-long running track, but ask any tanker and they’ll describe it as home to one of the world’s spookiest hill climbs. . In the final race, Acura proved itself with the NSX as the fastest performance hybrid in the race.
In the driver’s seat was Acura Chief Engineer James Robinson, a 10-time Pikes Peak veteran with podiums in the Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1 classes. This year, competing in the TA1 class, he won. hit stiff competition with a tribute Porsche 935 driven by Jeff Zwart and the GT2 RS Clubsport driven by David Donner among the racers.
The NSX special attack against the clock produced a third place in the class, with the two Porsches of Donner and Zwart in front. Clearly the top three were the undisputed class off the field, with the Acura finishing nearly a minute ahead of the second best car.
Results aside, it’s clear competitor NSX wasn’t just a production vehicle picked up from a dealership and dropped off at the start line at Pikes Peak. The hill climb special sports a massive rear wing, aggro front splitter, 200-pound weight reduction and sticky Pirelli rubber-shod HRE wheels. The engine was also fitted to the tune of 625 horsepower (466 kilowatts) compared to the standard 573.
In addition to the exploits in the mountains, Acura Motorsports has remained an integral part of the brand since its launch in 1986. During his tenure, the partnership produced several championships in the American motor racing scene with prototypes and GT3 competitors.
If their track record is valid, we bet Acura will return to take the first step next year. Regardless, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb remains one of the oldest motorsport events in America.