Acura dismisses rear-wheel drive NSX Type R for Pikes Peak. Will take an EV there instead

Last March, we brought you a report from Autocar stating Honda was considering a rear-wheel drive Type R version of the NSX in order to compete at the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb. But the company has dismissed all hopes concerning such an amazing car. What makes a lot of sense, but is disappointing nonetheless. Instead of that car, Honda’s luxury division, Acura, will take 3 cars to the competition: two regular NSX and an EV concept, fitted with 4 electric motors.

Acura EV Concept

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The electric powertrain would be an evolution of the SH-AWD that was used in last year’s CR-Z prototype. It ran (and won) the Exhibition class with a time of 10:23:829. The NSX EV will be driven by the same pilot, Tetsuya Yamano. The evolution implies the new powertrain is 3 times more powerful than the one used by the CR-Z. But there is no more information. So we had to dig it up. The CR-Z concept had 331 kW, what gives the new NSX EV the impressive output of more than 990 kW.


No Type R for you, NSX

Time Attack 2 NSX

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The other 2 NSX will be used in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes. They will be piloted by James and Nick Robinson, two brothers that work at Honda. The first car, a stock coupé, will have James at the wheel. He is part of the North American powertrain development group and has piloted a first-generation NSX from 2012 until 2015. The Time Attack 2 car, which is equipped only with safety equipment for competition, will be piloted by Nick. He is the guy in charge of the supercar dynamic performance development and also the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb PP250 Class winner.

This makes sense because Honda wants to promote the new NSX. How good would the new hybrid be if the company managed to develop a much lighter and simpler vehicle, an old school rear-wheel drive coupé, and win its class with it? A car that Honda and Acura do not even sell? It is time to prove the new model can be as good as the first one. And its concept is quite different. This is why it has to be stock, or feature minor changes. The EV will be the out of the box solution. Even if a Type R NSX would be great to see.


Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.