Two Acura ILXs to take on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The new Acura ILX will try to find its racing spirit in an appearance at this year’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Honda Performance Development and Team Honda Research West(THR-W) announced today that they are preparing two Acura ILX race cars to compete in the gruelling endurance race.

“In 2011, THR-W approached Gary Robinson (Acura Public Relations Manager) with a proposal to campaign two Acura ILXs in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as a way of showcasing Acura racing spirit and durability. THR-W focuses on endurance racing because of the teamwork, strategy and durability that is required to succeed. The team aspect of endurance racing gives many associates an opportunity to work together outside of their normal development roles.”

Team Honda Research is no stranger to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, having previously entered an Acura TL, RSX, and various Honda models with success.

Details on the two ILXs(HPDTX7001 and HPDTX7002) are limited so far, but based on the results of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, I would think development with a hybrid powertrain would be the way to go.

Have a look at some concept renderings and progress photos below, then follow along on Honda Racing/HPD’s blog for future updates.’

-ACURAconnected

 

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2013 ILX Production in Indiana

Honda has been building the Civic in Greensburg, Indiana, since 2008, but now the company’s newest American assembly plant has some variety on its lines. The 2013 Acura ILX joined its mass-market relative at the 2.1 million square-foot facility yesterday.Honda is building both the standard ILX and the ILX Hybrid at Honda Manufacturing Indiana, which is the only plant slated for assembly of the new compact Acura. Greensburg will continue to build Civic sedans, including the natural-gas-powered Civic GX, both for domestic consumption and export. Since the ILX is based on the Civic, the two cars sharing an assembly line is a natural.The ILX goes on sale on May 22, at a starting price of $25,900 plus $895 for destination. -AutoBlog

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Three Concepts. A Singular Vision.

DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 9, 2012 – Representing the leading edge of a wave of new products and technologies, Acura today unveiled three new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, including a concept version of the all-new gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX luxury compact sedan; a prototype of the 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle; and the NSX Concept, which presages the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar.

Acura also announced that the next-generation NSX will feature Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® technology and that the vehicle will be developed by Honda R&D Americas and manufactured in Ohio.

“Over the next 24 months the Acura brand will unleash a series of new models that will remake our product lineup and shake up the luxury market,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Acura will once again defy conventional wisdom to become one of the top luxury brands by creating luxury vehicles based on our own unique values.”

Debuting three new models in Detroit heralds the beginning of Acura’s second 25 years as a premium luxury-performance automobile brand.