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Acura ARX-05 Prototype Revealed at Pebble Beach


author photo by Jaclyn Trop August 2017

Acura revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Friday a twin-turbocharged prototype, the ARX-05, that's bound for the Rolex 24 in Daytona next year.

The ARX-05, which denotes the fifth generation of the Acura Racing Experimental line of prototypes, is the latest in a line of competitive, track-oriented prototypes from Acura dating to 1991. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo based on the 3.5-liter V6 powering Acura's MDX and RDX crossovers and TLX and RLX sedans.

The endurance racer will be put to the test in January when Team Penske enters two of the prototypes at the 2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship. Decorated drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron will run one of the ARX-05 cars. Drivers for the second team have not been announced.

"Whether it is our production cars or a prototype race car, if you want to be a performance brand you need to perform," said Jon Ikeda, Acura's vice president and general manager.

The prototype came to life in the usual way: with a variety of initial sketches pared down to a handful of potential designs, according to Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek, who led the team that developed the prototype's bodywork. "Next came aero and wind tunnel model testing, and time for the engineers to have their say," he said. "The design continued to be refined throughout the testing and evaluation process, until we came up with a final treatment that met our performance goals while maintaining Acura styling cues. It's been an exciting process."

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Acura ARX-05 Prototype Revealed at Pebble Beach - Autotrader