They're also bringing a TLX Type S along.
Acura has been killing it in the PR department lately, and to keep the hits rolling the company has announced it is currently competing in the 2023 Tire Rack One Lap of America that started on May 6 and goes until the 13th. Acura has entered "one-and-a-half" NSX Type S supercars and a TLX Type S into the event, and even though the NSX was discontinued last year, we still love that the company hasn't given up on showing it off.
The One Lap, which was started by Brock Yates as a follow-up to his infamous Cannonball Run race, is an 8-day, 3,200-mile race that sees competitors drive nearly 24 hours a day while competing at time trials at different race tracks around the country. The 38th running of the race starts and ends at Tire Rack headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, and sends competitors through 15 states.
The Thermal Orange Pearl Acura NSX Type S is being driven by engineers Justyn Bobinski and Chad Gilsinger who work at Honda's North American Auto Development Center in Ohio.
The vehicle is racing in the Sports and Grant Touring, Small Bore, Stock GT class over $50,000. The only modifications come from Red Line Synthetic Oil, lightweight HRE wheels, and Falken high-performance tires.
But wait, what do we mean by "one-and-a-half" NSX Type S supercars? Well, we mean exactly that: the company has entered one full NSX Type S and a half of one. You may have seen a few years ago when pictures and videos were flying around of a madman who turned a 1991 NSX into a companion camper to his own 1996 NSX-T.
A shocking decision that may have been one of the coolest builds we've seen in years. Acura apparently took this as inspiration for their own awesome build.
Created by ADC Fabrications, an early second-gen NSX test mule was "saved" before being cut in half and fitted with custom barn doors to access the spare tires, tools, and fluids needed for the trip. It rides on H&R springs and also uses lightweight HRE wheels and Falken High-Performance tires. A backup camera was fitted to it, and the NSX Type S tow car was fitted with a custom crash bar by ADC for the hitch receiver.
Although this duo is stealing all of the thunder, the TLX Type S is again trying to make a name for itself in the race after coming in second last year in the Luxury Class overall and Stock Luxury class.
Driven by engineers Dan Klein and Nick Amato, this year the car is wearing lightweight bronze HRE wheels, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach pace car wrap, and Red Line synthetic oil. The car is also featuring a whole line of Acura accessories like the carbon fiber rear spoiler and diffuser.
We still have about a week left of the race, and it's going to be interesting to see how both cars fare. Adding "one-and-a-half" NSX Type S supercars was a great way to get eyes on the event and Acuras new found motorsport ambitions.
The company seriously wants to build up its sporty image, and entering this race, creating a motorsport anime, racing up Pikes Peak, and releasing the upcoming Integra Type S are all helping to convince us the company has its priorities in the right place.
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