Acura Lifts the Curtain on a New Prototype Racer

Acura Lifts the Curtain on a New Prototype Racer

As for the powertrain, the Acura ARX-05 features a 3.5-liter V6 ART35TT twin-turbocharged engine that's based on the J35 series six-cylinder found in most of Acura's production models, which include the Acura RDX and the recently improved Acura RLX.

DPi rules require manufacturers to use one of four approved prototype chassis, fitted with IMSA-homologated, manufacturer-designed and branded bodywork and engines.

There is a chance the ARX-05 will have a go at the Le Mans LMP2 title, but that has more to do with the ACO and IMSA governing bodies coming to some kind of agreement than Acura's or Penske's desire to tackle the 24-hour race in France. "We've won with the Acura Integra Type R, the RSX, the first-generation NSX and with the Le Mans prototypes", stated Honda Performance Development boss Art St. Cyr. The Japanese carmaker will mark its return to the prototype racing with the ARX-05 at next year's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Aside from the NSX, the rest of the current Acura lineup is rather bland. "Whether it is our production cars or a prototype race auto, if you want to be a performance brand you need to perform".

Following today's official unveiling, the Acura ARX-05 will also be on display at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 19) and on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (August 20).

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Acura has kicked off the Monterey Car Week with the debut of its redesigned Acura RLX sedan. Check out the video below to learn more about the new race auto.

The mill is no rookie to sports vehicle racing, having powered class winners at the 12 Hours of Sebring from 2011 to 2013, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Championship in 2012.

We only have a few static images and the reveal video, above, at the moment- but we'll all get to see the Acura ARX-05 in action soon enough, at the 24 Hours of Daytona this winter. That's the same AR35TT that's made appearances in race-winning cars tracks like the aforementioned Sebring and Daytona, but also- critically- at the 24 Hours of LeMans and the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Source | Images: Team Penske, via Black Flag.

Acura and Team Penske have a stunner on their hands.