Earlier in August, Acura gave us teasers of the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. And last Thursday night in Monterey, they have decided to finally reveal it to the public.
What the company has confirmed so far is that the Acura ARX-05 will be competing at next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race car is going to have the same chassis as the ORECA 07 while featuring a typical Acura specific bodywork. It will also be getting a pair of Jewel Eye headlights.
The ARX-05 race car is going to be powered by a twin-turbo AR35TT engine according to the company. This engine is similar to that of the 3.5 liter V6 from models like the MDX, TLX, and RLX.
On January next year, two examples of this will make their racing debut at Rolex 24. One will be driven by Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, while it has not yet been announced which drivers will lead the other unit. Team Penske will compete with the ARX-05 race car in a multi year Daytona Prototype International program held by Honda Performance Development.
During the unveiling of the racecar, Art St. Cyr, Acura Motorsports President proudly said that the company has done so successfully in this field (racing) since the beginning. He then added that the ARX-05 race car is their fifth generation prototype, hence its name, and the company expects a lot from Team Penske’s performance during next year’s race.
The ARX-05 Daytona Prototype is dressed in a white base colour with the number “86” stamped on its hood. It is given dayglo orange highlights combined with different shades of grey - similar to the factory Acura NSX GT3s that joined the IMSA GT Daytona class this year.
Automakers are allowed to take stock LMP2 models and replace them with custom engines and bodywork styling. According to the company’s design chief, David Marek, the design of the ARX-05 was made after initial sketches had been drawn combined with a handful of designs. This was developed even further after going through a number of tests and evaluation processes, until they finally came up with the perfect formula that met their goals, while still maintaining the company’s style cues.
Head of the brand, John Ikeda said that “Precision Crafted Performance is the heart of what we do”. Meaning to say that if you want to be known as a performance brand, then you have to ensure that the vehicles you make can perform - regardless of whether these vehicles are prototypes or production models.