Colorado Springs, CO—-The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame, presented by Rebellion Timepieces, congratulates five outstanding individuals on their induction as the Class of 2020 on August 27.
Taking spots in the prestigious ranks of competitors, officials, organizers and others who have contributed to the success of the world’s toughest automotive hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the Indianapolis 500 are:
Al Unser: Unser competed on the Peak starting in 1960, winning the crown in the Open Wheel Class in 1964 and 1965. He also won the Indy 500 four times during his amazing career in the motorsport world, and he won the national championship in 1970, 1983, and 1985. A life-long ambassador for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Unser currently operates the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque, NM.
Carlin Dunne: Perhaps the finest motorcycle racer ever to perform on Pikes Peak, Dunne became the first racer to break the motorcycle ten-minute mark in 2012 with his winning time of 9:52.819 aboard a Ducati Multistrada. The next year, he beat every motorcycle to become King of the Mountain on an electric motorcycle. He won four titles overall before a tragic crash last summer that took his life and cut short one of the most amazing stories in the history of the race.
William J. Hybl: Bill Hybl is recognized for his significant contributions to the fabled Race to the Clouds over several decades as a partner and friend through his positions with El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Hybl, the President Emeritus of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, is also a member of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, inducted with the inaugural Class of 2000.
Art Walsh: Walsh, a legendary race official, waved the checkered flag atop Pikes Peak for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1969 when the great Mario Andretti won the Open Wheel crown. He became a fixture at the summit in all kinds of weather and was a friend to scores of racers who took their turns in challenging America’s Mountain. Walsh, who died in 2011, was a loyal supporter of the Hill Climb and its legacy. He was honored by the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010 with its inaugural Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award for “outstanding contributions to motorsports by an individual.”
Stan DeGeer: DeGeer is arguably the greatest and most influential historian for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He photographed and documented the race in its early years and later researched, wrote and published four books on the race that served as the foundation for the race’s historic preservation. His books include: Pikes Peak Is Unser Mountain, The Pikes Peak Race 1916-1990, Pikes Peak or Bust 1916-1996 and Race to the Clouds 1916-2001, the Pikes Peak Challenge. DeGeer died in 2009 at the age of 93.
The Museum Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Race to the Clouds; whether they are competitors, organizers, officials, members of the press or volunteers. Anyone who shares a passion for speed and competition in addition to a great respect for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their passion, competitive spirit and support for this world-famous motorsport competition.
Distinguished members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame are:
The Hall of Fame is located at The Penrose Heritage Museum, across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel at 11 Lake Circle in Colorado Springs.
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Event will feature guest interviews and be broadcast for free via the
Mobil 1 Facebook page on August 30
SPRING, Texas – From 14,115 feet to your mobile device, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will be broadcasting live from America’s Mountain as part of an innovative partnership with the Mobil 1™ brand of advanced synthetic motor oils. The experience, dubbed, “Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1,” will bring fans closer than ever to the racing action, including live commentary, special guests, exclusive giveaways, and more.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place without fans for the first time in the hill climb’s history. As a partner going back to 1934, Mobil™ branded products have a proud heritage of performing in the extreme conditions only Pikes Peak can pack into a single run. This year, those runs will be streamed live exclusively on the Mobil 1 Facebook page, providing free unique access for motorsport fans to enjoy the racing action on America’s Mountain from anywhere.
Further fueling the passions of its fans, the livestream will feature play-by-play commentary courtesy of legendary motorsport broadcast announcer, “The Voice,” John Hindhaugh. Hindhaugh serves as the host of Radio Le Mans, and he’ll be bringing that same detailed coverage in his role as master of ceremonies of the “Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1” broadcast. This commentary will extend to welcoming long-term partners of the Mobil 1 brand who have collectively driven millions of miles with Mobil 1 advanced synthetic protecting their engines – some in conditions as extreme as Pikes Peak.
Partners of Mobil 1 to appear on the stream will include:
The broadcast will begin on Sunday, August 30 at 7 a.m., and conclude at 1 p.m. MDT. Those tuning in early will have the chance to enter to win limited-edition giveaways, and even have their questions answered by partners of Mobil 1 during their interviews.
“Just as drivers and race teams constantly need to adapt to changes at high altitudes and ever-evolving weather conditions, so too has our involvement through our Mobil 1 brand,” said Andrew Hanna, global motorsports and sponsorship advisor at ExxonMobil. “Reflecting the same innovative approach we take with every one of our products, ’Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1’ is a new solution to a new problem as we remain committed to the safety of fans and competitors above all else. Doing so while providing a unique access point to this historic event is how we’re keeping focused on our consumers and delivering them unique experiences they can’t get anywhere else.”
In 2020, Mobil 1 advanced synthetic motor oils will again be an integral part of Porsche Motorsport’s entry in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division. All vehicles competing in the program rely on off-the-shelf Mobil 1 FS 0W-40. Meanwhile eight-time event winner Jeff Zwart will also return to the mountain this year, piloting the new Porsche 935 that features Mobil 1 ESP X3 0W-40 under the decklid. This race car by Porsche is one of only 77 made and will be racing as part of the Time Attack 1 division which pits production-based sports racers against each other. The Mobil 1 products featured in both divisions are production-ready as well, and are available at your local Porsche dealer today.
“This new livestream format that allows us to help keep our fans and competitors safe is a dream come true,“ said Megan Leatham, executive director of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “Through our long-standing partnership, it’s fitting that Mobil 1 is the brand helping our team bring this innovative fan experience to life. And since America’s Mountain is rather daunting, having global motorsports authority John Hindhaugh provide his entertaining insight and perspective while interviewing some of the world’s most renowned motorsport and automotive personalities will be like nothing we’ve ever done before. There are going to be spectacular camera angles, historic film clips, and live timing, so we hope people don’t miss what’s in store so they can plan to come see us in-person next year.”
To connect everyday enthusiasts with those on the mountain, participating Porsche dealerships nationwide will have the same Mobil 1 products used during the 98th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb available for oil changes. Consumers who prefer to change their own oil can also find these products for purchase at their local Porsche dealer, or at their preferred automotive retailer.
For more information on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit PPIHC.org. To catch “Pikes Peak Live presented by Mobil 1,” log on to the Mobil 1 Facebook page from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, August 30.
About Mobil 1
Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, has been factory fill in the most powerful Porsche vehicles for over 20 years. In fact, over that time more than 1,000,000 Porsche engines have trusted Mobil 1 from day one. Mobil 1 motor oil features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil to meet or exceed the toughest standards of vehicle manufacturers like Porsche, to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.
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The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo holds true to welcoming competitors from around the world. Despite the current pandemic, a handful of competitors representing countries other than the United States will attempt to master the mountain.
Originally from Japan, Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara will return to Pikes Peak for the 98th running of the Race to the Clouds in his 2013 Toyota 86. Yoshihara first heard of Pikes Peak back in the 1990s when he was just a kid. He recalls that the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was a very well-known event in Japan and when he initially learned about it, he knew he wanted to compete. “It was a dream come true when I competed last year for my first time,” shared Yoshihara. Although he was unable to reach the summit during his rookie attempt in 2019, that run serves as his motivation to finish with his target time this year in the Unlimited Division.
Yoshihara’s impressive resume includes Formula Drift points championships, stunt driving in films and commercials, as well as drift driving instruction and judging. Yoshihara is widely known in the drifting world where he is a well-respected champion with years of experience under his belt. He has raced everything from Lexus to Nissan, mainly in Formula Drift. His expertise has also been recognized by the Professional Asia Drift Series.
In explaining the crossover from drifting to hill climb racing Yoshihara explains, “Of course I try not to get sideways on Pikes Peak, but it helps to have overall car control skills, especially because the road is unlike race tracks – different grip levels, elevation changes, and bumps.” Each factor is quite unique to the road surface that competitors experience while racing on a mountain towering more than 14,000 feet in elevation, but Yoshihara’s extensive mountain driving experience in Japan helps with overall confidence when racing his 800 horsepower car on Pikes Peak.
On August 30, drivers from Australia, Japan and 15 US States will challenge Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in six divisions. Due to the COVID pandemic, no spectators will be admitted this year. Visit PPIHC.org and find out how to follow the action on race day.
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The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is thrilled to launch an exciting new YouTube series where competitors break down a past run up Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Mastering the Mountain episodes reveal not only what the race looks like from behind the wheel, but feature turn-by-turn competitor commentary. The Race to the Clouds is a unique venue where the course climbs 4,725 feet in elevation over 12.42 miles encompassing 156 turns. Fans will hear stories, challenges and strategies with exclusive analysis and much more.
Robin Shute, King of the Mountain, kicks things off by taking us through his 2019 winning run in the series premiere.
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Porsche and Pikes Peak Organizers Announce Assault on Records with New 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 935-19; Return of Clubsport Cayman GT4 Clubsport Division
Porsche Presence at Pikes Peak Continues with New Models and Division Continuations.
Colorado Springs, Colorado. Porsche first appeared in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo in 1958. The German marque won its class for the first time in 1960 and has since left its mark on the “Race to the Clouds” capturing 27 class victories and twice turning the quickest time for the overall win. In 2020, the sports car manufacturer will return to contend in four divisions for honors as the fastest among its peers up “America’s Mountain”. The 98th running of one of motorsports truly unique events is scheduled for Sunday, August 30. Pikes Peak will be the scene for both the return of storied names to the 12.42-mile Colorado Springs, Colorado race course as well as new faces. Thirteen Porsche-built sports cars will anchor the 51-car entry list.
One of the most exciting entries to carry the Porsche crest is the No. 11 Porsche 935-19 which “Mountain Master” Jeff Zwart (Aspen, Colorado/Long Beach, California) will pilot up to the 14,115-foot finish line. The eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015) saw the benefits of using the limited production track and race car for his return to the “Race to the Clouds” in the Time Attack 1 Division.
The Porsche 935-19 is a single-seat race car based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS road car. The lightweight 3,042 lbs. (1380 Kg) rear-engine machine is powered by a 700 HP, 3.8-liter flat-six boxer engine with twin-turbochargers. The seven-speed PDK gearbox transfers the power to the rear-wheels only. The weight-optimized bodyshell is created from an aluminum-steel composite with carbon-fiber and Kevlar parts added to improve aerodynamics and overall stability. Zwart, a recent inductee into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame, successfully tested the car at Willow Springs Raceway (California) earlier this summer.
The one-make Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama comprises four entries in 2020. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete in the division. Appropriate performance balancing will assure an equal field. All cars within the division will utilize Yokohama’s ADVAN A052 high-performance, street legal tires. Yokohama is a longtime partner of PMNA and supported the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division the past two years as well. The Japanese tire manufacturer is also the sole-supplier to the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA.
Colorado Springs’ own George Hess III will be behind the wheel of a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport as will first-timer Charles “Chas” Wirken (Mesa, Arizona). Kathryn Mead (Austin, Texas) will be in the newest Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, model year 2019, for her debut at Pikes Peak and the sole female competitor in the field this year. Veteran Blake Williams, who lives in Murrieta, California, but representing Australia in this year’s event, will race a 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Zwart will reprise his role as coach to the four invited drivers. Zwart’s experience has proven invaluable to division drivers since its inception in 2018. Travis Pastrana (Davidsonville, Maryland) currently holds the division-record up the mountain with a time of 10-minutes, 33.897-seconds accomplished in 2018.
Privateer Porsche entries are a hallmark of the world’s most famous hill climb and 2020 will be no exception. Japan’s Akio Kobayashi, a veteran Porsche racer, has entered a modified 2000 model year Porsche 911 GT3 in the Pikes Peak Open division. Chris Strauch (Colorado Springs, Colorado) will pilot a 1970 Porsche 914 “wide body” in the same division. Fellow Colorado Springs resident Fred Veitch will also race in the “Open” division with a 2001 Porsche 911 “TT” (type 996). Don Wickstrum will bring a 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car from Monroe, Wisconsin to challenge for “Open” honors.
Joining Zwart in Time Attack 1 will be a pair of Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport race cars as well as two modified Porsche 911 models. The purpose-built Porsche Motorsport machines will be raced by Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame member David Donner (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and David Donohue (West Chester, Pennsylvania). Donohue is not only a Pikes Peak class winner and record setter but also a 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner and 24 Hours of Daytona overall winner. He finished second in the Pikes Peak Open division, fourth overall, in a modified 911 GT3 R race car in 2019. Andy Kingsley (Buena Vista, Colorado) will drive a 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo in the division while Robert Prilika (Larkspur, Colorado) will guide a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car up Pikes Peak in the Unlimited division.
The first Pikes Peak Hill Climb was run in 1916 on a gravel circuit carved up to the Mountain’s summit. By 2012, the full 12.42-mile, 156-turn circuit was paved over, up to the 14,115-foot pinnacle. The race itself starts at the seven-mile marker giving competitors a 4,725-foot elevation change during their timed run.
Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“Pikes Peak has such a long motorsport history in North America that it is only natural Porsche wishes to strengthen our legacy here. Pikes Peak allows us to showcase the versatility of our Clubsport line, both the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, in a very special and unique location. Through this ultimate testbed, we have made the public aware of not only how performance-oriented each of these models is but also how versatile as well. We are able to do this with ‘turn-key’ products from Porsche Motorsport. These are thoroughly tested cars which provide the highest levels of safety and cost-effectiveness. Pikes Peak is very special and we are proud to face its challenges each year.”
Jeff Zwart, Driver, No. 11 Mobil 1/Michelin/Road Scholars Porsche 935-19.
“I have been coaching the Porsche GT4 Clubsport class at Pikes Peak the last few years and I wanted to continue coaching but also race again this year. That meant I needed something which was not too complicated to run. Underneath the amazing 935 bodywork and Porsche Motorsport chassis, there is basically the Porsche 911 GT2 RS road car which allows it to be a full ‘turn key’ race car with plenty of power delivered for the horsepower. I have run Pikes Peak in all of its configurations, meaning full dirt, half dirt/half asphalt and now full asphalt. After 16 years at Pikes Peak and 12 different Porsche models, I like when there is a good story involved. The 935 is built to maximize performance in the current Pikes Peak conditions. So, naturally when the new 935 was released I was attracted to it visually and the stories it could tell. At the same time, it seems like a great package to take on Pikes Peak. I really look forward to driving a full factory-built package with the latest upgrades and in the 935 bodywork. It should really be something special to drive.”
“Porsche has been winning on Pikes Peak for decades. We’re excited to watch our elite competitors as they demonstrate what’s possible when they challenge America’s Mountain in a variety of Porsche race cars. For the first time, members of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame will return to competition following their induction. David Donner and Jeff Zwart’s vehicles will sport white Gran Turismo windshield banners to honor this milestone.”
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Three Race-Ready Model 3s to Challenge America’s Mountain
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to welcome three Model 3 Tesla’s to the field on August 30. America’s Mountain will play host to three unique Tesla racecars driven by Blake Fuller, Josh Allen and Randy Pobst, and the competition is sure to be electrifying.
“For decades, Pikes Peak has served as a proving ground for automotive technology,” states Megan Leatham, Executive Director, “but it also offers race teams an opportunity to showcase vehicle and driver performance and share those milestones with the world.”
In 2003, five engineers had a vision for a cutting edge, fully-electric vehicle that wouldn’t sacrifice power or performance for clean energy. With a unique business strategy, a company named after Nikola Tesla planned to target multiple groups of buyers for different models and partially use profit from earlier, low volume luxury vehicles to drive production of the higher volume based models such as the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 sets the bar for not only safety but performance. With a dual motor and All-Wheel Drive, the performance model 3 has 0-60 time of only 3.2 seconds and maximum speed of 162 MPH, making it a top selling plug in electric car in the US and Europe.
Blake Fuller – Two-time winner on Pikes Peak, Fuller returns for his sixth attempt at the famous summit. Founder and CEO of GO PUCK, Blake Fuller has always been a pioneer in the electronics world. With demanding needs for power ever on the horizon, Fuller found himself getting crafty with batteries and power solutions. As an inventor, he discovered he could lighten up industrial batteries for his electric cars without compromising the power they stored. He was shocked to find that the automotive battery industry had been so lackluster with ingenuity and began reducing the weight to a fraction of the industry standard for powering electric cars. These inventions gave Fuller an advantage and powered his vehicle to a win and class record in 2016 on Pikes Peak. He wanted to be one of the first to create a Tesla racecar, originally starting with a Tesla Model S. Not only did he make it work, but he made it win, producing a record-breaking run. Fuller has his sights set on breaking his current Electric Production record of 11.48.264 on Race Day. According to Fuller, “In 2016 when we set the Production Electric record, it was done in the Tesla Model S P90DL. At the time, it represented the most capable performance vehicle available from Tesla. This year we are using the Tesla Model 3 Performance, a vehicle we feel best showcases the progression of technology in Tesla’s electric vehicles.”
Josh Allen a rookie at Pikes Peak this year, made the Model 3 famous by setting track records in California with his modified machine at the Tesla Corsa event. The car may be top-notch for the Tesla-only track, but how will it do on Pikes Peak? Allen made adjustments and upgrades to the brakes, suspension and braking systems, thanks to Unplugged Performance, to maximize efficiency and aerodynamics in hopes to secure the Electric Modified record. He has an extensive background in the car world beginning with his experience with a software design company that was big in the automotive and aerospace realms. He moved on to the Formula 1 world where he learned a lot about the auto industry, applied that knowledge to racing projects and eventually led him to race at Pikes Peak.
Randy Pobst is no stranger to Pikes Peak. Finishing in second place in the Exhibition division last year, behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Pobst will compete this year in the same division but piloting the third Tesla. When asked about the difference in race vehicles, Pobst shared, “It’ll sure sound different! The Dodge had a thundering roar, and the Tesla is silent. We’re going from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive, riding the electric wave of the future up the Peak. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with top Tesla tuner, Unplugged Performance. It’s a full race build, featuring their body and suspension products. We’re going for the win in Exhibition Class. High altitude doesn’t slow down electrons!”
Still a Model 3, the upgraded Ascension-R as seen at SEMA will be joining the field to test its true potential as an all-around racecar. Pobst was a part of the team that created the Model 3’s Performance TrackMode and will be showcasing the available Ascension Kit designed to enhance the cars drivability with improved aerodynamics and handling from the suspension and alignment.
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2021 TLX to Make Racing Debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb, TLX Type S Prototype Serves as Official Pace Car
TORRANCE, CALIF., JULY 30, 2020—The 2020 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, marks the official racing debut of the completely reimagined 2021 TLX, set to go on sale this fall. Acura will compete in the 98th running of the “Race to the Clouds” on Aug. 30, with two race prepared second generation TLXs, powered by modified versions of the production 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, along with a “Time Attack” NSX supercar. Pacing the race to the 14,115-foot summit will be a development prototype of the highly anticipated TLX Type S, ahead of its market introduction next spring.
Racing is a key expression of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA and, for the past nine years, Acura has utilized the grueling Pikes Peak hill climb as an opportunity to grow the skills of the company’s young engineers and as a test bed for future performance technologies in Acura production vehicles. Acura’s Pikes Peak team is comprised of a group of volunteer R&D engineers and is responsible for all aspects of the competition, including the development of vehicles, race prep, crew support and navigating race cars to the finish line.
Acura’s long-standing competitive presence at Pikes Peak includes scoring numerous race records and podium finishes. In 2019, Peter Cunningham took the win in the Open Class for the third year in a row with the RealTime Racing TLX GT (9:24.433). Additional record setting runs include a Hybrid-production car record for the Acura NSX driven by James Robinson (10:02.448) and a front-wheel drive record for the Acura TLX driven by Nick Robinson (10:48.094), records established in 2018 that have yet to be surpassed.
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TLX Type S Pace Car // Driver: Nick Robinson
The TLX Type S Pace Car, an early development prototype used for circuit testing, will be driven by Nick Robinson, a principal engineer in the company’s Chassis Development Group. The prototype TLX Type S is undergoing final development tuning before it is set to arrive in market next spring. Powering the TLX Type S is Acura’s new 3.0 V6 Turbo engine, expected to produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, and distributing power to all four wheels via Acura’s fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). Additionally, the TLX Type S Pace Car has been equipped with the optional lightweight Y-Spoke wheels, inspired by the NSX’s own, and several safety modifications including a roll-cage and fire suppression system.
A Pikes Peak veteran himself, Robinson established a new front-wheel-drive record for Pikes Peak in 2018 with an Acura TLX and achieved a Time Attack 2 Class Win with a second-gen NSX in 2016. The year prior, he won the PP250 class on a Honda motorcycle. In addition, Nick Robinson serves as a driving safety expert and helps mentor new drivers throughout their careers at Honda R&D Americas.
2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Jordan Guitar
Both of the 2021 TLX race cars will compete in the Exhibition Class, with multiple modifications in preparation for the grueling hill climb. The TLX’s standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been race-tuned with a larger turbo and intercooler for increased power. Stopping performance from the electro-servo braking system is improved with 4-piston Brembo® front calipers and rotors from the TLX Type S, along with high-performance racing pads. A more aggressive suspension set up is applied, as well as unique tuning for the 10-speed automatic transmission and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. Lightweight 19-inch HRE wheels with Pirelli racing tires complete the TLX’s race preparation.
Driver Jordan Guitar, a member of the company’s team’s Chassis Development Group, made his Pikes Peak debut in 2018 and returned in 2019, piloting Acura SUVs in both instances. Unfortunately, foul weather hampered Guitar’s runs both years, limiting him to just the lower two thirds of the mountain.
2021 TLX 2.0T // Driver: Justin Lumbard
The second TLX entered into the Exhibition Class will be driven by Justin Lumbard – team manager of Acura’s Pikes Peak efforts. Lumbard’s TLX benefits from a higher-output tune for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a more aggressive set up for the TLX’s double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Rounding out the race-ready modifications are high performance brake pads, lightweight 18-inch HRE wheels and Pirelli racing tires.
A rookie Pikes Peak competitor, Justin Lumbard joined the Acura Pikes Peak team in 2017, under the wing of team leader James Robinson, and became co-leader a year later. Lumbard assumed the lead role for Acura’s Pikes Peak racing program this year, including overseeing the development of the two 2021 TLX race car builds.
“Time Attack” NSX // Driver: James Robinson
Returning to the Peak for the third consecutive year is the “Time Attack” NSX driven by James Robinson. A 10-time Pikes Peak veteran, Robinson’s past successes in the “Race to the Clouds” include a hybrid production car record set with NSX in 2018 (10:02.448) as well as podium finishes in the Exhibition, Open and Time Attack 1 classes.
The “Time Attack” NSX features a larger rear wing and aggressive front splitter to add significant downforce for better lateral grip at speed. Larger turbochargers and new engine management software optimizes performance of the twin-turbo V6 and three-motor Sport Hybrid system for maximum performance during the hill climb, with total system output of around 625 horsepower. Through various weight reduction measures, including a stripped interior, the “Time Attack” NSX shaves more than 200 lbs. from its factory weight. Finally, lightweight HRE forged wheels are wrapped in high-grip Pirelli R-compound tires.
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The all-new 2021 Acura TLX ushers in a new era of Acura performance as the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sedan in the brand’s 35-year history. With a model-exclusive body structure and chassis architecture, all turbo engine lineup, and an athletic stance with bold proportions, the new TLX delivers dramatic gains in both style and dynamic performance. The first Acura sedan fully designed around the brand’s Precision Crafted Performance ethos, the 2021 TLX will arrive at dealerships early this fall with a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) starting in the mid-$30,000 range.
About the 2021 TLX
The second-generation TLX also marks the highly anticipated return of Acura’s Type S high performance variant after a decade-long hiatus. The TLX Type S, arriving next spring, will be powered by an all-new Acura exclusive 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine developed for Type S levels of performance. Additionally, the new TLX Type S will be the first Type S model to feature Acura’s torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system, making it the best handling and most performance-oriented Acura sedan yet.
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar. All Acura models sold in North America for the 2021 model year are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.