The 93rd running of Pikes Peak will happen this weekend and the new Acura NSX will be he official pace car for the yearly hill climb. The supercar will make climb up the hill aided by its turbocharged V6 and hybrid drivetrain.
The pace car will lead the 140 entrants to the top of the mountain. For the event a special livery was chosen for the new NSX that is race inspired based on the competition car pictured above.
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At the wheel will be Sage Marie, senior manager of American Honda Public Relations, a two-time Pikes Peak competitor and road racer. Marie won the first Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec race in 2012 and has raced in several other major motorsports events, including the 2013 and 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The 12.4 mile 156 turn course along the side of a mountain will be the perfect test for the NSX. Specifically, it will be an opportunity to show off its all-wheel drive system that, combined with engine placement and other technologies, is said to make it “handle on rails”.
“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX will not be fully let of its cage, but fans and drivers will still get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling of the NSX in a one-of-a-kind racing environment.”
If you are interested in seeing the hybrid supercar make its run you will be able to view it in 360 degrees at Acura’s YouTube channel. It will climb Pikes Peak at 7:40 a.m. MDT on June 28th.