Acura has set a new hybrid production car record at the Pike Peak International Hill Climb with a 2019 NSX.
James Robinson secured a 3rd position in the competitive Time Attack 1 class with a 10:01.913 run, setting a new record for the production cars with hybrid powertrains, besting his previous best lap of 10:02.448 set in 2018. He was competing against Porsche 935, driven by Jeff Zwart, and GT2 RS Clubsport by David Donner. And undoubtedly, the competition was quite fierce.
Two Acura TLX driven by Jordan Guitar and Justin Lumbard, engineers at the company’s Ohio R&D Center, secured 5th and 6th positions with times of 11:37.219 and 12:10.008, respectively.
Acura had also prepped a prototype 2021 TLX, a variant for the Type S performance, to serve as a pace car for the race. Its driver, Nick Robinson, principal engineer in the company’s Chassis Development Group, is also a Pikes Peak veteran with class wins on both two- and four-wheel-drive classes and current front-wheel-drive record holder.
The Acura Pikes Peak race team intended to test the performance of the new Acura so that they can check its capabilities and provide performance-focused modifications if needed. Acura’s Pikes Peak crew suggested the idea and even volunteered to monitor the vehicle’s performance in a race setting so they can further improve the model.
And it paid off. After all, there’s simply no better way to leave Pikes Peak than with a new world record in the back pocket, right?