Acura debuted an ILX endurance race car at the New York auto show this week ahead of the car's entry in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Based on the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX, the race car sports a modified engine and other components that will help it contend the challenging endurance race in California this December.
The Acura ILX racer wears bodywork that appears stock, but underneath is a modified chassis and drivetrain developed in house to survive 25 hours of grueling competition. The engine receives forged pistons and connecting rods, racing camshafts, blueprinted fuel injectors, a lightened flywheel, and a high-flow intake and exhaust system. The engine is supported by engine mounts from Honda Performance Development (HPD). The ILX also gets a set of HPD camber plates and a rear anti-roll bar, and is underpinned by a racing suspension and racing wheels and tires. A custom roll cage protects the driver, along with racing seats and harnesses and a quick-disconnect steering wheel. On the outside, the ILX race car receives a custom front splitter and rear spoiler, LED lighting, and low-profile door mirrors.
Acura also races a pair of TLX GT sedans in the Pirelli World Challenge series' GT class, campaigned by long-time Honda racing outfit RealTime Racing. The ILX will face off against factory-prepared race cars from automakers like Porsche and BMW at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill on December 5-6, but you can catch it at the New York auto show this week.