THE next-generation Acura NSX supercar served as the official pace car in the 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. With a custom racing-inspired livery, the twin-turbocharged NSX pace car led the field of 140 entrants to the top of the 14,110-foot Colorado mountain.
Powering the NSX through the 12.4-mile, 156-turn course is a bespoke 75-degree twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which delivers “on the rails” cornering capability essential to conquering the demanding mountain course. The pace car was specially prepared for the race by Honda R&D Americas Inc., which is also leading the global development of the NSX. The super car will be driven by Sage Marie, senior manager of American Honda Public Relations, a two-time Pikes Peak competitor and road racer. Marie won the first Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec race in 2012 and has raced in several other major motor sports events, including the 2013 and 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
In a Pikes Peak first, Acura installed 24 cameras along the course to capture the NSX’s historic run as the official pace car with a 360-degree series of images of super car.
The NSX is one of four Acura models that made the Pikes Peak run, which also includes the Acura ILX and TLX sports sedans and a previous generation NSX.