Acura is hitting the “Gambling Capital of the World” with a couple of winners: the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international and the “Dream Project” second-generation NSX created by acclaimed NSX specialist, ScienceofSpeed.
The folks at ScienceofSpeed have borrowed the best of the Daytona Prototype as well as the NSX GT-3 to give the Nouvelle Blue Pearl screamer a look that begs to be taken from the road to the track immediately.
This version of the NSX features a GT3-inspired carbon fiber aero kit, lightweight forged wheels, custom two-tone interior and subtle enhancements to the supercar’s powertrain and suspension to further elevate performance of the electrified supercar, Acura says, adding there are several nods to the original NSX.
ScienceofSpeed ramped up engine performance using liquid injection intercooling and free-flowing high-performance downpipes and exhaust, boosting the combined horsepower rating by 37 hp to 610 and adding 31 lb.-ft. Of torque up to 507 lb.-ft.
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The group used its own lowering kit to make it look wider and more aggressive. To make approaching difficult driveways and speed bumps easier, ScienceofSpeed integrated automatic sensing suspension technology from iLIFT which uses patented sensors to automatically raise the front axle of the NSX two-inches when obstacles are detected.
The Dream Project NSX features thoughtfully executed exterior and interior styling enhancements including a gloss black roof in homage to the first-generation NSX, a more aggressive GT3 inspired aero kit including a carbon-fiber wing for more downforce and large Carbon Ceramic Brembo brakes with a gold flake finish.
In homage to the first-generation NSX, a gloss black roof transitions down to the Nouvelle Blue Pearl painted bodywork.
Continuing the two-tone blue and black theme, the interior of the Dream Project NSX features custom black leather Recaro Pole Position racing seats with blue stitching and accents on the doors, dash and seats.
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The blue fabric features a hexagonal pattern referencing the NSX’s iconic honeycomb grille. Finally, a gaugeART OLED multi-function display mounted high on the dash provides the driver with key vehicle performance data.
The Daytona Prototype comes arrives in its full livery ready to kick off its season in January at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. RX-05 marks the Acura brand’s return to prototype racing along with legendary partner Team Penske, which will campaign two Daytona Prototypes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.
The Acura ARX-05 will make its competition debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2018 with two teams of renowned and winning drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castoneves, Graham Rahal, Dane Cameron, Ricky Taylor and Simon Pagenaud.
The Acura ARX-05 [Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5] is the latest in a successful line of endurance prototypes fielded by the brand beginning in 1991. The prototype race car utilizes the race-proven AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, which is based on the production 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX.
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The AR35TT has powered class winners at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a LMP2 World Endurance Championship in 2012. The engine also powered entries to American Le Mans Series LMP2 titles in 2012 and 2013; and the overall winners at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in 2016.