Acura ARX-06 race car revealed with V6 hybrid powertrain

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There’s a brand new Acura race automobile on the block, and it’s known as the ARX-06. It replaces the ARX-05, and Acura plans to race it within the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTP Championship.

Sadly, Acura makes no point out of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in all the particulars supplied with the reveal. That stated, it positive appears to be like like a race automobile that may very well be made to satisfy all the laws to race within the new LMDh Hypercar class. Acura engineered a brand new 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s paired up with a standardized electrical system for hybridization. Acura says the two.4-liter displacement is the smallest displacement engine the HPD group has made for endurance racing but. It includes a 90-degree V-angle, and it’s designed to run on extra sustainable low-carbon gasoline.

“We have gone in a brand new course for HPD within the design of the ICE,” stated Pierre Descamps, HPD’s powertrain design chief for the ARX-06. “It’s nonetheless a V6, which after all for Honda is well-known, however we now have integrated a number of new components which we imagine will make greatest use of the electrical MGU and battery pack. Our new engine will rev to the utmost 10,000 rpm set by the principles, so it additionally makes a beautiful sound!”

The brand new bodywork penned by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles sits on an ORECA chassis (one of many 4 chassis choices required by IMSA and the WEC). Acura notes one large change versus the outgoing ARX-05 is discovered within the rearview mirrors. Designers had been in a position to transfer them decrease on the automobile, which improved each aerodynamic efficiency and visibility for the drivers.

Much like years previous, these new ARX-06 race vehicles might be run by Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. They’ll make their debut on the Rolex 24 at Daytona subsequent yr, the place the Meyer Shank Racing group took first place earlier this yr.

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