Acura will be fielding a three-pronged entry into the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which takes place on June 26. A pair of NSX coupes will each be entered into the Time Attack 1 and Time Attack 2 categories, each prepared accordingly for their entries.

The Time Attack 1 NSX has received chassis lightening and a custom high-flow racing exhaust, while the Time Attack 2 car is closer to a production unit, albeit with additional safety equipment required for competition. In its road-going form, the NSX is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5 litre V6 engine with a rear direct-drive motor and a nine-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, assisted by a twin electric motor pairing on the front axles.

The NSX twins will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, both from North American Honda’s engineering team.


James Robinson, who is part of the company’s North American powertrain development group and tasked with driving the Time Attack 1 NSX, previously entered Pikes Peak with a first-generation NSX from 2012 to 2015. Nick Robinson, tasked with the development of the new NSX’s dynamic performance, will drive the Time Attack 2 NSX. He is also the reigning winner of the two-wheeled PP250 class at Pikes Peak.

A third, silhouette NSX racer which will also contest the hill climb, and will be underpinned by a four-motor electric drivetrain evolved from the last year’s CR-Z electric prototype. Said to produce three times the prototype’s output and mated to an NSX body, the electric racer will be driven by Tetsuya Yamano, who also campaigned last year’s electric prototype racer.

Acura will also be providing an NSX, an MDX crossover, and a TLX sedan as pace cars for this year’s running of the hill climb, which charts a now fully-paved 12.42 mile (19.87 km) course.

GALLERY: Road-going production Honda NSX