Acura Spotlights NSX Pace Car At Pikes Peak
You can’t just have any old street car setting the pace at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, can you? Of course not. For that task, you’d need a supercar with exceptionally high performance capabilities. Something like the new Acura NSX, for example.
Fortunately that’s just what the organizers of the annual Race to the Clouds selected to serve as official pace car this year. Honda’s new hybrid supercar, set to be built in Ohio, donned a unique livery, a senior PR rep behind the wheel, and a smattering of GoPro cameras to speed up the 14,110-foot mountain. Naturally the twin-turbo V6 engine, nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system formed an integral part of the package as well, even if its output hasn’t been officially released more specifically than the “over 550 horsepower” we’ve been told to expect.
The Japanese automaker also placed another couple dozen cameras along the 12.4-mile route and its 156 turns. Which is a good thing, considering that most of us weren’t there in Colorado to see it make its run up the mountain, and nobody was there at each corner as it passed – except, of course, for the driver, Sage Marie. The rest of us will want to check out the minute-long clip Acura has released to see the NSX gun for the sky.