The 2017 Acura NSX of Nick Robinson on its way to a class victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The 2017 Acura NSX of Nick Robinson on its way to a class victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

The Acura NSX has come out tops in the Time Attack 2 class at this year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driven by Nick Robinson, the brand’s North American Research and Development team member and engineer in charge of the model’s dynamic performance, the NSX managed to tackle the 19.87 km-course with a time of 10 minutes 28.820 seconds.

“I’m incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX! The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off today,” Robinson said.

Acura fielded two NSX racers, plus another all-electric, quad-motor silhouette NSX based on last year’s CR-Z electric prototype, which was also campaigned in the electric category. In addition to the TA2 class winner, which was closer to the road-going car, Acura entered an NSX in the TA1 category which featured chassis lightening and a custom high-flow exhaust system.

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, together comprising the SH-AWD drivetrain. At last year’s Pikes Peak event, the Acura NSX took part albeit not as a competitor, but to serve as a pace car on the fully-paved hill climb route.

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