Acura unveiled the ARX-05 prototype race car last weekend in Monterrey, California. Acura will partner with Team Penske, taking two cars to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and kicking off with the season-opening Rolex 24 next January.
Based on the ORECA 07 chassis, the new ARX-05 prototype showcases Acura-specific bodywork and design features such as the signature Jewel Eye headlights. The race car is powered by the AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, based on the production 3.5-litre V-6 found on Acura’s MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.
One of the ARX-05 entries will be piloted by the Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron, while drivers of the second car will be announced at a later date.
“Right from the start, Acura has raced – and done so successfully,” said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve won with the Acura Integra Type R, the RSX, the first-generation NSX and with the Le Mans prototypes. Most recently, we’ve won with the new Acura NSX GT3. The ARX-05 is our fifth-generation prototype, and we expect great things from our partnership with Team Penske.”