Why track a Civic Type R when you can use this instead?
If you're looking for the ultimate Acura track day car, look no further than the Acura ARX-05 DPi racer currently listed on Bring a Trailer (BAT). The racing team put the car up for sale, most likely because it wants to invest in its successor, the all-new Acura ARX-06 with a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 helped by a hybrid power unit. It's just one of the Formulas Honda will compete in next year.
At the time of writing, there was just over a week left to bid, with the price sitting at $350,000. That might seem like a lot of money, but let's remember that 70% of Ferrari's road car range costs more. The price will likely increase significantly before the bidding ends.
The car you see here is Chassis 7, built by Wayne Taylor Racing in December 2021 to 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship specification. It's effectively an endurance racer and a rather good one at that. This bonker racing car has 11,000 miles on the clock, which is more than most auction cars we cover.
Wayne Taylor drove this particular unit in 10 races during the 2022 season. It scored victories at Laguna Seca, Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, and Road America.
Power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 based on the J35 production car engine used in the Honda Odyssey and Passport. The power output is roughly 600 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, but there's a catch. The car requires a new engine at 3,500-mile intervals. But if you can afford to drop $350k on a track day car, you have enough money to buy a fleet of Odysseys and a container of turbos to keep it running.
Those 600 angry horses are sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with a 5.5-inch carbon clutch disc. The car runs on Michelin Pilot Sport P2L tires and has Brembo six-piston calipers over AP racing carbon brake rotors.
As you can see, the inside shows some signs of use. We love the tape on the steering wheel. Instead of climate control and Apple CarPlay, the interior comes standard with a MoTeC data logger, a bone-jarring bucket seat, a six-point racing harness, a freshwater supply for drinking, and a fire suppression system.
It's evident that this is a downforce car. The vertical fin keeps it stable, but it also comes standard with an adjustable rear wing, front diffuser, and dive planes.
The car will be sold with the Konica Minolta livery over the black, blue, and silver body. According to BAT, there are some stone chips on the body, but that makes us want it more.
Why rock up at a track day with an Acura NSX when you can hoon this bad boy?