Acura has revealed its new Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) race automobile set to compete from 2023 within the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Known as the Acura ARX-06, quick for Acura Racing Experimental – technology 6, the automobile has simply come off a spherical of preliminary testing that came about final week at France’s Circuit Paul Ricard. Dealing with many of the driving had been Honda engineer and profitable racer Matt McMurry and Wayne Taylor Racing driver Ricky Taylor.
Acura plans to compete solely within the SportsCar Championship, particularly within the new GTP premier class that from 2023 replaces the present DPi class wherein Acura competes with the ARX-05.
The GTP class can be open to automobiles constructed to Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) rules, a few of which have been competing since 2021 within the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar class. Likewise, LMDh automobiles are additionally eligible for the Hypercar class, although Acura hasn’t introduced plans to compete within the World Endurance Championship.
For its LMDh program, Acura will subject its automobiles along with race- and championship-winning groups Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. A driver lineup will likely be introduced at a later date.
Just like the outgoing ARX-05, the ARX-06 is predicated on a chassis from Oreca, however can have an Acura-developed hybrid powertrain. Acura can be chargeable for the outside design of the automobile, with the preliminary design formed by the identical Los Angeles-based studio that handles a lot of the design of Acura’s highway automobiles.
2023 Acura ARX-06 LMDh race automobile teaser
The design is clearly an evolution of the ARX-05, a automobile which has had a great run within the SportsCar Championship. Debuting within the 2018 season with Crew Penske, it delivered staff, producer, and driver championships in 2019 and 2020. The partnership with Penske dissolved after 2020, so Acura break up the 2 ARX-05 automobiles between Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. These groups delivered back-to-back 24 Hours of Daytona victories for Acura in 2021 and 2022.
The primary race for the ARX-06 would be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona subsequent January. It serves because the opening race of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.
There will likely be loads of stiff competitors among the many LMDh subject. Alpine, Audi (perhaps), BMW, Cadillac, Lamborghini and Porsche are additionally dedicated to LMDh, whereas ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH.