Acura debuted its TLX GT racecar at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and it looks like the racer is set to get its first competitive outing in Motown as well. The RealTime Racing team is competing with a single car driven by Peter Cunningham for the Pirelli World Challenge rounds during the Detroit Grand Prix from May 30 through June 1.

Honda Performance Development is developing the TLX GT with a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, based on the production, naturally aspirated version, and all-wheel drive helps maintain traction. A second car is being added to the effort later.

The turbocharged Acura sedan will face competition in the series from vehicles like the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 and more. With the Detroit Grand Prix hosting the sixth and seventh races in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class schedule, it doesn't seem that Acura is expecting to win the series in its debut season, but it will surely gain valuable experience.

Acura chose a very experienced team to debut its car. RealTime Racing has been competing in the World Challenge series since 1993 with Honda and Acura racecars. With 14 manufacturers' championships and 14 drivers' championships in that time, it has definitely shown the ability to win. Scroll down to get the full scoop on the team's plans.
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Acura TLX GT Race Car To Debut At Detroit Grand Prix

03/25/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Racing application for new 2015 Acura TLX

Will run in highly competitive GT category

Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham


Acura Motorsports today announced that the new 2015 Acura TLX GT will make its Pirelli World Challenge competition debut at the May 30-June 1 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix double-header race weekend.

To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.

"The competition in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge is incredible, but Acura has never shied away from strong competition, in the marketplace or on the race track," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda. "The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural competitors, and even some up-market brands, in the Pirelli World Challenge."

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's SH-AWD system.

RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history, will initially field a single Acura TLX GT for owner/driver Peter Cunningham, with a second car to be added at a later date.

RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.

"In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the history of the series, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. That's what we love to do."

About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.

HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.

HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.


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      Carlos Soto
      • 8 Months Ago
      Teams arent worried at all. After all its a Acura , a glorified Accord. Acura cant design a sedan , less a competition car. If this one were a Hyundai Azera or Kia optima , we are talking. The same goes at the british touring championships., Honda is irrelevant. World Bike Championships ????. the same goes. Why Mclaren dont teamup with Kia ??? why chose Honda???.
        srlalsd1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        At first I thought you were serious.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        LOL
        jpadow
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        Well, the old Acura TSX was a rebadged version of the European Honda Accord, not the larger, less-nimble American market one (even thought that's still a good car). In some markets it was even called the "Accord Euro". The TSX handled great and it always got high marks from car magazines. James May of Top Gear also liked it. It was a real sports sedan.
        apexmutt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        Poor attempt at trolling.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        I think Carlos Soto was being totally sarcastic, and carguy1701 fell for it.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlos Soto
        He has a point, though. Look at all the other cars in the GT class of WC. With the exception of the Cadillac (and maybe the GT-R, which barely anyone runs), all are pure sports cars, with definite edges in handling and power. Throwing a FF-based sedan into that class isn't a smart idea IMO (and before anyone says anything about K-PAX, they switched to the 12C GT3 racer for 2014).
      SteveM
      • 8 Months Ago
      The more the merrier, makes for interesting GT classes.
      john m
      • 8 Months Ago
      Cool. I hope it does well. I'm really looking forward to seeing the production V6 version at the NYIAS!
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      They didn't start racing it at St. Petersburg? Huh.
      bruce
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honda still refuses to learn from the adage "win on sunday, sell on monday." Why is there never an Acura RealTime car to buy for the street...? There should be....
      Carlos Soto
      • 8 Months Ago
      My comments were all sarcasm. even Honda haters know a sarcastic comments.
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't question the all knowing wisdom of carguy1701 people. He knows a girl over in the Illinois corn fields of Naperville. She is dating a guy over in California and he knows a guy in Japan that has a cousin that lives next door to a janitor at a Honda factory. Carguy1701 gets all his info from her.
      Gaimers
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does acura (or honda) has won many titles in WRC races? Oh s**t i forget, they didn't because they don't even compete competitively in IRC rally series. Even Proton can build proper rally car and compete competitvely in IRC , WRC S2000 series and even appear in Topgear UK TV show http://paultan.org/2008/11/01/mem-satria-neo-s2000-makes-first-rally-debut/
      tf3lau
      • 8 Months Ago
      it even looks mundane as a race version. sad
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't question the all knowing wisdom of carguy1701 people. He knows a girl over in the Illinois corn fields of Naperville. She is dating a guy over in California and he knows a guy in Japan that has a cousin that lives next door to a janitor at a Honda factory. Carguy1701 gets all his info from her.
      bruce
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honda still refuses to learn from the adage "win on sunday, sell on monday." Why is there never an Acura RealTime car to buy for the street...? There should be....
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      They didn't start racing it at St. Petersburg? Huh.
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