On November 3rd, the opening day of the 2015 edition of the SEMA Show, Honda Performance Development released the new Ridgeline that will compete in the SCORE International Baja 1000 at the end of this month. It gives us a sneak peek at the future Ridgeline street model taking over the popular version that was based on the Odyssey.
Jeff Protor will be the driver of record for that race along with Jason LaFortune and Sage Marie.
The shape of the body is very close to the 2017 Ridgeline set to debut later this year. This model also uses the HR35TT from Honda's LMP2 program. Class 2 is a true unlimited class in SCORE International open desert racing and, unlike the Trophy Truck class, allow the use of turbochargers or superchargers. However, the rumor is that this may change.
Later that day, Acura showed off two vehicles that related to Fast and Furious star and award winning rapper, Ludacris.
First was his Legend that he owned when he wrote his first four albums and held a very close place in his heart. It was involved in an incident that badly damaged the car, and Acura's own R&D department stepped up along with body shops to put it back to near OEM with some upgrades to make the car a little more enjoyable, which include a set of 57Xtreme Wheels in custom bronze color, the OEM Champaign color with diamond coat finish, and a better sound system with a Pioneer AVIC 8/ONEX featuring Apple CarPlay and two Alpine Type-12 subwoofer speakers in the trunk with custom Acura badging.
Then there is the ILX customized by Galpin Auto Sports described as "a sporty, youthful and street-ready take on Acura's gateway sports sedan." That "street-ready" kit features custom body work including a new front bumper with accent front splitter, custom rear diffuser with JDM Fog Light plus custom exhaust exit with rear spoiler. Additionally, suspension modifications were made with RS-R Sports*i coilovers and a Borla exhaust with custom dual tips.
The GAS ILX is going to be donated to a "Legend" of the Ludacris Foundation, named as one of the top 20 "Leading Philanthropy Foundations" by Black Enterprise Magazine, which inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development. For more information on the Ludacris Foundation, check out Facebook.com/LudaKids.