Acura NSX Claims Class Victory at Pikes Peak Hill Climb
This year’s overall Pikes Peak 2016 Hill Climb event was won by Romain Dumas running a Norma M20 RD Limited chassis — finishing with an impressive time of 8:51.445 — that earned Dumas the second-fastest Pike Peak hill climb finish of all time, second only to Sebastian Loeb’s fastest ever 2013 run in a heavily modified Peugeot 208 T16 that helped Loeb nab a blazing fast finish of 8:13.878.
Just as noteworthy is Acura’s win in the Time Attack 2 class, with an Acura NSX driven by Acura engineer Nick Robinson clinching the class win in the 12.42-mile course in a time of 10:28:820. While the production class win was a big plus for Acura, the company also managed to field two other Acura vehicles in the event: A 4-motor Acura EV concept driven by Testuya Yamano, and another vehicle — a more heavily modified Acura NSX driven by James Robinson (the brother of the aforementioned Nick Robinson). Yamano managed to take 2nd place in the electric modified class, with a final time of 9:06.015 at 79.119 mph.
In a statement released by Acura after the win, Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division, touted the new motorsports credentials of the new NSX. “For our new NSX to win one of the most historic and challenging races on the planet in its North American racing debut is a great achievement for everyone involved in creating the American-built supercar,” Ikeda said. “The performance of NSX in this year’s race is a testament to Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA and will serve as a launching pad for future racing endeavors.”
I’ve embedded some video of the winning Robinson Acura run below, and I’ve also inserted a teaser video below that one.