An EV Concept based on the second-generation Honda NSX will compete in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this weekend.
The Acura concept uses an evolution of the four-motor electric powertrain from a prototype Honda CR-Z that raced previous year. We even drove an early tester.
It follows a class win previous year by driver Tetsuya Yamano in an electric CR-Z – but this time, he will be piloting the NSX with three times the power output.
Tetsuya Yamano will be piloting the auto, which Acura claims is the world’s first race vehicle with the ability to have four-wheel independent torque allocation.
Honda/Acura wants to dominate Pikes Peak this year; after a modest effort last year, the manufacturer just announced its latest race auto that will be tasked with setting a record on the 20-kilometre, 156-turn course of this steep climb. The Acura EV Concept features a further evolution of the experimental, all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class. Based upon the learnings from last year’s race, the team updated the system management of the powertrain for more precise thrust at each wheel.
“We’ve been tuning the auto for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly”, said Yamano in a press release from Honda.
Acura will also campaign two modified versions of the stock NSX in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes. The cars will be driven by James and Nick Robinson, brothers who both work for Acura.
The Pikes Peak International Hilll Climb in Colorado is a 12.42 mile mountain climb for cars rising up through 156 twists and turns to finish at 14,110 feet.