Honda to race all-electric NSX at Pikes Peak hillclimb
Later this month (June 26) Honda will race three cars at the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak hillclimb with its highlight being an all-electric NSX concept.
HONDA HAS ANNOUNCED it will field three cars in the upcoming Pikes Peak hillclimb on June 26. Two of the NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson, who both work in the NSX engineering team. The Japanese car maker will also field “an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class, featuring 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”.
“Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division (the NSX is marketed under the Acura brand in the US). “We are excited for this year’s ‘Race to the Clouds’ to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies – as well as an expression of our racing spirit.”
The 4-Motor EV Concept will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who drove last year’s race-winning CR-Z-based electric prototype. “The EV Concept is the ultimate embodiment of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain featuring a world’s first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation. The Electric SH-AWD powertrain, an evolution of the CR-Z prototype powertrain, produces three times the total system output of last year’s electric prototype and is mated to the NSX body”.
The Pikes Peak hillclimb is 19.99km long and has a staggering 156 turns and climbs 1440m and finishes at an altitude of 4300m.