• Aug 31st 2006 at 5:32PM
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Testing began for Acura's 2007 American Le Mans Series program this week with a two-day test at Firebird International Raceway in Arizona. Acura's brand new LM V8 engine was fitted to a Lola B05/40 chassis for the test by Lowe's Fernandez Racing, led by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez, and Honda Performance Development.

According to HPD president Robert Clarke, the new engine, the first designed and developed from the ground up by HPD, has been running on the dyno for three months. Track testing went smoothly, with over 200 trouble-free laps completed in temperatures up to 108 degrees.

Testing will continue in October, in preparation for the debut of three Acura ALMS teams at Sebring in March, with Andretti Green Racing and Highcroft Racing joining Adrian Fernandez' crew.

[Source: ALMS]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I am also glad to see Acura readying their race team for ALMS. Although LMP2 until recently has been full up with low budget teams that had difficult even finishing a race, right now, LMP2 is doing well with very even racing between Penske/Porsche and Miracle Motorsports. Acura will be welcome to mix things up even more.

      LMP2, GT1 and GT2 are all in good shape to provide lots of good tight racing. Now if they could just figure out how to make LMP1 competitive.

      I would be shocked to see Honda developing a V10 for the NSX. There's really no reason to make a V10 anymore. With F1 going to V8s, there's not a lot of reason to make a V10 anymore. Make a bigger V8 or a V12 instead.

      As to the RSX controversy, I'm going to have to split the difference. I think that the RSX was killed (worldwide) due to poor sales, but the reason for the poor sales is that Honda/Acura did move the Civic up to close the gap. This is especially true in Europe where you can get a $24,000 version of the Civic. So Honda/Acura decided to cover the slice of the market formerly served by the Integra/RSX by adjusting other projects. This is probably a smart move everywhere but the US. Here I'm not so sure, as the price of gas rises, the market in the US for small cars that aren't stripped down finally is growing to a marketable size, and the RSX covered that market well in the US. I guess the TSX will have to cover it alone.

      As to Honda V8s, I would hope by the time Honda has a V8 ready, the stupid Ridgeline will already be dead and gone. Releasing a less-capable knockoff of the Avalanche is a moment in Honda's history I'd like to see put in the past as soon as possible.

      I don't get this competing with VW idea. VW makes low quality cars that are expensive to run. Yeah, they're often fun to drive, but all in all, they're not very good competition for Honda. I cannot see VW being capable of maintaining a position as a desireable first used car when their parts cost so much and their reliability is such that you're going to need to buy quite a lot of them.
      • 9 Years Ago
      We will see this in Acura around 2009/2010 in the redesigned RL/Legend and hopefully the sub-coupe below the NSX.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To: #3

      They didn't cancel the RSX cause of poor sales. They cancelled it because Acura is moving upmarket and further away from Honda and because the Civic Si is even closer in price and horsepower to the RSX.

      To: #4

      That was the mentality but that changed back 2005. Where you been?
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2 - Takeo Fukui (President and CEO of Honda) has said that Honda is developing a V10 for use in the successor to the NSX. It will probably show up around 2009. I'm sure it will be technologically superb.

      As for the Integra, It is cancelled at the end of the current model year, there will be no 2007 RSX/Integra. The sales simply aren't there anymore. The Honda brand (namely, the Civic Si) will continue to compete with VW as Acura moves more upscale.

      As for the Acura ALMS, I wish them luck. This is Honda's first entry into that racing series, so they have a distinct disadvantage compared to the other more experienced teams. Now about that V8... hopefully we'll see an 8-cylinder in the RL and Ridgeline in a few years.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I thought that Honda refused to create an engine larger than a V6 because they are environmentally conscience?
      • 9 Years Ago
      YO momma Grandma-ma

      Not really, we won't see any version of a racing engine in a car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The RSX was not cancelled just because Acura is moving up in the world. Sales today are only a fraction of the heyday of the Integra, and you must have noticed that there is no 2007 Integra for any market.
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