98. Beh Pikes Peak Hillclimb International has been down for a month since Thursday and Acura has just withdrawn the cover of its competitors. Instead of the MDX and RDX racers that the carmaker has mined over the last few years, it will attack the hill with a couple of new TLX type A sedans.
The NSX team running in the Time Attack class will, of course, return for the third year to break the records. And according to the entry list, it looks like the big ugly Real Time Racing TLX GT, which Peter Cunningham drove in third place last year, is back in the hands of racer Bret Curtis.
Acura’s Pura Peak racing program is extremely interesting because the company’s R&D department manufactures and prepares racing vehicles and then races them. That’s right, Acura doesn’t rent shoes to push their cars uphill. The engineers who work on these things every day are the same guys who race them. Acura engineers currently hold record times for front wheels and hybrid vehicles uphill, and semi-racer Cunningham holds the Time Attack class record.
Both registered TLX race cars will race in the show class with two different states of tuning and pressure, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The more of these tracks it looks, the performance tuning of the drive components of the plant. A set of brake pads in the vehicle’s brake system helps to stop. Several suspension improvements help the corner. The 18-inch set of HRE wheels and Pirelli racing rubber has covered rail vehicles. That’s about it. It’s about a significant supply of TLX and it will be interesting to see where it will be placed in the field next month.
The more TLX from these two races will definitely be faster at Pikes Peak. Not only because it sits a little lower and has a large wing, but it will definitely help. It gets a larger turbocharger and radiator to increase performance. It will also receive a Brembo brake package, which can be picked up from the upcoming TLX Type-S brake pads and high-performance brake pads. The Acura doesn’t talk about exactly what is different about the vehicle’s suspension, but I guess it has racing-tuned coilovers and unique SH-AWD tuning for racing. Decorate with a set of HRE wheels and Pirelli racing glances, serve warm.
The fastest of these will be driven by engineer Jordan Guitar, who has raced twice in the mountains in RDX and MDX. Justin Lumbard, a newcomer to Pikes Peak, will show more stock for both TLXs but he was an engineer on the team for several years.
James Robinson will once again build his highly modified NSX in the Time Attack class. Robinson will be looking for redemption in 2020, after a bad show in 2019 that saw him sit at the starting line for a few minutes as the car gridded in front of him and started his drive twice. By the time he sat on the starting line, his tires had lost the pre-installed heat and the heat in the engine compartment had warmed up and lost valuable performance in a road that was already affected by altitude.
Robinson’s competition in the Time Attack class looks pretty good. With the exception of the Porsches trio – David Donohue and David Donner in the GT2 RS Clubsports and Jeff Zwart pair in 935 – nothing really knocks on the ten-minute door, as his NSX does.
It will be interesting to see how these new TLX sedans on the hill do. I know I would like to give two faster. That thing looks like a real ripper.
And as a special surprise, Acura will stimulate the field with a prototype of the new three-liter turbo V6 TLX Type-S.