A competition version of the new 2013 Acura ILX is on display at the 2012 SEMA Show before it makes its competition debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race set for next month. Team Honda Research- West designed and created this vehicle. In compliance with NASA U.S. Touring Car specs, a couple of E1 class Acura ILX sedans will join the traditional 25-hour endurance race that marks the annual conclusion of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) season at the tough three-mile Thunderhill road course north of Sacramento, California.
Team Honda Research-West (THR-W) is composed mainly of Torrance, California-based associates from Honda R&D Americas, Inc., who work after-hours to display Honda and Acura products on the track.
The team got a couple of new Acura ILX "body in white" bare chassis in early 2012 from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, which is where the model is exclusively built. In addition, a couple of "donor" cars from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was utilized to offer suspension, powertrain, interior and electronic parts. As soon as the chassis and donor cars were sent to the THR-W workshop, a wide-ranging build program started that called for the use of as many OEM components as possible, to maintain its serviceability and to test the actual durability of Acura's latest sedan.
THR-W members sought to prepare the cars for the challenging Thunderhill event by concentrating on cutting the vehicle weight rather than their performance modifications to attain the performance targets that the team had established.
The safety equipment used by NASA included a full roll cage (designed by THR-W and built by Solo Motorsports); Bride Gardis III race seat; OMP competition steering wheel; Schroth safety harness; Brockway Engineering D Gauge digital OBD2 gauge; and Braille lightweight battery. The exterior changes include a Baja Designs LED lighting system for long winter night-running, a THR-W-designed front splitter and an APR GTC-200 rear spoiler.
2013 Acura ILX compact sedan stood as the portal into the Acura brand. Generation Y is the main target market of the latest model. These are customers about the age of 20 and 30 looking for a luxury vehicle but want fair returns in the car they buy.
Acura Design Studio head, Jon Ikeda, said that these customers are likely to largely consider the vehicle’s external design, cost, and eco-friendly aspects. The new model is built on these criteria. The Acura ILX’s plan is for this latest model to be the first chance for the target buyers to move into the luxury car market.
The chic and athletic model integrates competence and functionality. The model offers a huge and airy greenhouse that offers exceptional visibility. The visibility is achieved without compromising its sleek and aerodynamically competent exterior style. The latest ILX is considered as a five-passenger luxury sedan. It merges compressed proportions with a roomy passenger interior and sufficient cargo space. These are the features that best suit the target market.
The new model offers 3 powertrains that are unconventional, athletic and efficient. Along with the powertrains is Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid. The introductory ILX uses a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine generating 150 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. The ILX 2.0L will convey an EPA projected city/highway fuel efficiency of 24/32 mpg when combined with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission,
To those customers looking for a more potent ride experience, the latest model may be supplied with a 2.4-liter engine with an output of 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. The ILX 2.4L will convey an EPA projected city/highway fuel efficiency of 20/29 mpg. It is paired to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission.
Recognizing the launch of the pioneering hybrid model of Acura, the ILX Hybrid employs an Integrated Motor Assist electric motor and a 1.5-liter inline engine.
ILX 1.5L Hybrid offers an EPA projected city/highway fuel efficiency of 35/38 mpg when combined with a CVT.