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Road Car vs. Race Car: Acura Pits NSX Supercar Against Racing Counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo

  • New video from Acura starring racer Trent Hindman highlights similarities and differences of production NSX and race-bred NSX GT3 Evo
  • NSX and NSX GT3 Evo each get their start in Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center and share around 80 percent of their component parts
  • Acura and the NSX GT3 Evo currently lead the IMSA GTD Manufacturers’ Championship; Hindman leads the Drivers’ Championship

A new video from Acura explores the relationship between the Acura NSX supercar and its race-winning counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo. Currently #1 in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings, NSX GT3 Evo driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing demonstrates the distinctive approaches to performance of the two cars in 0-60 runs, braking tests, ease-of-use evaluations and, of course, ultimate lap times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The production NSX showcases its strengths as a supercar designed to run with the world’s best exotics, while the NSX GT3 Evo demonstrates its chops as a purpose-built, razor-sharp race machine. Hindman’s conclusion: the NSX was born to be made into a brilliant race car.

 

Born to Race
One glance tells you the production NSX and NSX GT3 have much in common. After all, GT competition standards require race cars to maintain much of the same exterior character of their production counterparts. But the similarities are much more than skin deep. In fact, while the two are actually uniquely skinned – the production model with aluminum and composite panels, the GT3 dressed predominantly in exposed carbon fiber – they share more than 80-percent of their underlying component parts, reflecting the fact that racing was an essential part of the plan from the earliest stages of the NSX development.

“We knew from the outset that the second generation NSX would be tested at the highest limits on track,” said Ted Klaus, who served as global development leader for the second generation NSX and was recently named president of Honda Performance Development, the North American race engineering arm of Acura Motorsports. “Competitive racing was an essential consideration during NSX development, which influenced critical decisions we made regarding the car’s fundamental design.”

A Foundation for Speed 
The largest and most foundational shared component is the NSX’s ultra-rigid, lightweight, aluminum-intensive space frame, which the GT3 uses in competition without significant modification. In designing the NSX body structure, engineers were keenly aware that exceptional rigidity was essential to the performance of NSX, enabling its sharp and immediate responses to driver inputs and amplifying the capacities of its hybrid power unit and electric torque vectoring system.

The NSX and NSX GT3 Evo space frames are constructed at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio1. The PMC is the first plant in the automotive world to utilize 100-percent robotic MIG welding for body construction. In this unique approach, eight high-precision robots are used in concert with specially designed rotisserie-style jigs to apply 860 MIG welds with incredible precision. The PMC also monitors quality variances in the space frame’s tolerance down to the width of a human hair.

A Tale of Two Power Units
A next generation supercar is worthy of a next generation powertrain. The NSX road car combines a bespoke 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and world’s only 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with a three motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, working in concert to produce 5732 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. Unlike other hybrid supercars, not only is electric power used to fill the “torque well” of a turbocharged engine, the NSX’s front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) is capable of delivering both positive and negative torque independently to the front wheels. In this respect, the production NSX stands alone in the universe of supercars past and present: the only exotic using electric motors to enhance every element of dynamic performance – acceleration, braking and cornering.

By contrast, the NSX GT3 Evo, in keeping with the rear-drive-only requirement of GT3 competition, eschews the production model’s hybrid componentry, relying solely on a lightly modified version of the production model’s 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine. Like the NSX body, the NSX’s bespoke engine was designed from the outset to support racing applications, and the GT3 engine is remarkably similar to its street-able counterpart, using the same design specifications as the engine in the production NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The race engine is paired with a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels. Both the NSX road and race engines are meticulously hand assembled by a small group of master technicians in a purpose-built facility at the company’s engine manufacturing plant in Anna, Ohio.

NSX GT3 Winning Globally
Since its debut in early 2017, the NSX GT3 and GT3 Evo have tackled some of the world’s most iconic GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and Spa; the 12 Hours of Sebring; Petit Le Mans; and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. Currently, the NSX GT3 Evos campaigned by Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship lead the points for both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD class. In the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series, the NSX GT3 Evo has earned six pro-am wins with three different teams (3-Racers Edge, 2-RealTime Racing, 1-Gradient Racing). Around the world, the NSX GT3 Evo driven by Autobacs Racing Team (ARTA) leads the GT300 class in the Japanese Super GT series with two podium finishes. Additionally, the NSX GT3 Evo has competed in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, select events in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Blancpain GT Sports Club and GT Series in Europe, and the ADAC GT Masters in Germany.

About Trent Hindman
At 23 years old, Trent Hindman has already enjoyed an enviable racing career. Beginning at age eight racing karts at a local and regional level, the New Jersey native eventually developed into a national karting champion by 2008. In 2010, he made the transition into racing formula cars, ultimately becoming a recipient of the Team USA Scholarship in 2011, followed by a top-five run in the 2012 USF2000 championship. From there, Hindman graduated to sports car racing, and in 2014 became the youngest driver to win a Michelin Pilot Challenge championship at just 19 years old. Hindman joined Meyer Shank Racing for three races in 2018, driving the NSX GT3 to second-place finishes at Daytona and Petit Le Mans. This year, Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher currently lead the IMSA GTD driver’s championship, fresh off a recent victory at Watkins Glen.

Specs NSX NSX GT3 Evo
Starting MSRP $157,500 €465,0003
(Approx. $525,000)
Engine Twin Turbo 3.5 Liter 75° V6 ß
Transmission 9-Speed DCT 6-Speed Sequential
Electric Motors 3
Drivetrain SH-AWD® RWD
Total System HP / Torque 573 / 476 550 / 475
Est. Acceleration 0-60 2.92 secs 4.35 secs
Body Structure Aluminum Intensive Multi Material ß
Race Ready Roll Cage 25CrMo TIG Welded
Exterior Body Panels Aluminum and Composite Carbon Fiber
Brakes Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 368 mm / RR: 361 mm
Optional: Brembo Carbon Ceramic
FR: 381 mm / RR: 361 mm
Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 390 mm / RR: 355 mm
Wheels Forged Aluminum
FR: 19″ x 8.5″ /  RR: 20″ x 11″
Center Locking, Forged Aluminum
FR: 18″ x 12″ /  RR: 18″ x 13″
Tires Continental Sport Contact 6
FR: 245/35-19 / RR: 305/30-20
Optional: Pirelli Trofeo R
Brand varies with Race Series
FR: 315/46-18 / RR: 325/48-18
Wheelbase 2,630 mm ß
Overall Length 4,470 mm 4,612 mm
Overall Width 2,217 mm (w/ mirrors) 2,040 mm (w/o mirrors)
Front Track 1,655 mm 1,715 mm
Rear Track 1,618 mm 1,687 mm
Weight 3,878 lbs. Est. 2,800 lbs.4

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Acura Widens Championship Lead with Podium Finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

  • Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher increase GTD Drivers’ Championship lead with second-place finish in Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
  • Third-place result pads DPi Drivers’ Championship lead for Acura Team Penske drivers Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya
  • Acura now leads Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in both DPi and GTD

Acura Motorsports’ run of podium finishes continued today at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, with the manufacturer extending or taking over the championship lead in all Daytona Prototype International and GTD categories for the first time in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

The Meyer Shank Racing duo of Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman led the way for Acura at today’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Acura, finishing second in GTD in their Acura NSX GT3 Evo; while Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya finished third overall and in DPi in their Acura Team Penske ARX-05.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Starting third in GTD, Hindman and Farnbacher’s second-place performance today is their third podium result in five championship rounds this season, including a class win for the pair last weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway and a second-place finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May. The pair now holds a 19-point lead in the GTD Drivers’ Championship standings, with 151 points to 132 for rivals Townsend Bell and Franck Montecalvo.

In the second MSR Acura, Katherine Legge and co-driver Bia Figueiredo started fourth and ran fifth throughout most of the two-hour, 40-minute contest, but lost one position following a late-race restart to end the day sixth in GTD.

Today’s results also saw Acura leapfrog Lamborghini to assume the GTD Manufacturers’ Championship lead for the first time this season.  After five of 10 races, Acura now has 152 points to 149 for Lexus and 148 for Lamborghini.  Ferrari and BMW are next, tied with 135 points.

Acura Team Penske ARX-05
In DPi, Cameron and starting driver Montoya also increased their Drivers’ Championship advantage with a third-place run in their Acura ARX-05 prototype, and now have 207 points each after seven of 10 championship races. Second-ranked Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani now have 204 points apiece after finishing fourth.

Meanwhile, with a fifth-place result today, Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor remain a solid third in the drivers’ title fight with 198 points, 10 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Today’s results also enabled Acura to increase its lead in the DPi Manufacturers’ Championship, with 230 points to 227 for Cadillac, 216 for Mazda and 202 for Nissan.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Acura, are available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, The videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
After consecutive races for all three WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen, the series next runs one of two GT class-only races, the July 20 Northeast Grand Prix at the tight, fast, Lime Rock Park road course in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Quotes
Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) started third, finished second; third consecutive podium finish this season; leads the GTD drivers’ championship with co-driver Trent Hindman: “We are thinking long term – the championship. The Acura was incredibly strong today. Our goal was to earn points and we did that. Trent [Hindman, starting driver] did a great job, as well. Today was a result that is beneficial to our long-term plans. It is super important to finish the race and be consistent. I’m really proud of the guys who worked so hard, as always, to bring us to another podium.”

Dane Cameron (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 prototype) started third, finished third; fifth consecutive podium finish of 2019; leads DPi Drivers’ Championship with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya: “It was an okay day, really.  I’m very proud of where we’re at as a team at the moment.  Everyone is executing, I think we’re firing on all cylinders, which is what you want when it comes to this part of the season.  We extended our [championship] points lead, which is the name of the game when you come here.  At the end of the year, every point counts.  I’m really happy with our Acura race car, and really happy with our team effort.  It’s been a tough stretch [of consecutive races] for the guys the past couple of weeks, so I’m really grateful for everyone’s efforts.  The next few tracks [on the schedule] should be pretty good for us. It’s time to make every one count.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development): on today’s podium results, and championship leads for Acura in both DPi and GTD: “Both Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing were able to challenge for the lead late in the race, and finish ahead of their key competitors in the championship chase. The good news is that we now lead the manufacturer and driver championships in both categories, and we are reaping the rewards of everyone’s years of hard work on both our DPi and GTD programs. As we enter the latter part of the season, we’re sure that everyone will stay focused, and put forth maximum effort toward earning those respective championships. Certainly, our best wishes go out to Victor [Franzoni, Juncos Racing driver who crashed heavily late in the race], and we hope to see him at the next race at Road America.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 
Circuit:        Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (2.459-mile road course) Bowmanville, ON, Canada
Weather:      Sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

Top Five, Acura Prototype Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Prototype Oliver Jarvis / Tristan Nunez Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT24P 125 laps
2. Prototype Jonathan Bomarito / Harry Tincknell Mazda Team Joest Maxds RT24P +1.699 seconds
3. Prototype Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 125 laps
4. Prototype Pipo Derani / Felipe Nasr Action Express Cadillac DPi VR 125 laps
5. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 125 laps

 Top Five, Acura GTD Results:

Ps. Class Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. GTD Bill Auberlen / Robby Foley Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 113 laps
2. GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 +2.074 seconds
3. GTD Townsend Bell / Franck Montecalvo AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus FC F GT3 113 laps
4. GTD Pat Long / Patrick Lindsey Park Place Racing Porsche 911 GT3R 113 laps
5. GTD Scott Hargrove / Zach Robichon Praff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R 113 laps
6. GTD Katherine Legge / Bia Figueiredo Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 113 laps

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Acura RDX: New Generation Acura Shatters Sales Records

A year into its launch, the third-generation Acura RDX has made a significant impact in luxury’s largest and most competitive segment, growing sales in every month since its June 2018 debut with records in 11 of the past 12.

Notable milestones include:

  • The third-generation model helped the RDX nameplate set an all-time annual sales record of 63,580 units in 2018, a 24 percent increase over the prior year
  • Over the past year, RDX has posted 12 straight months of sales growth, with 11 record months
  • Year-to-date, RDX is the retail best-seller in luxury’s largest segment, the retail #2 luxury SUV and the retail #3 model in all of luxury
  • New RDX buyers are younger, more diverse, more highly educated and more affluent than those who purchased the previous generation model
  • RDX has realized double-digit increases in conquest sales against substantially all luxury competitors
  • The RDX A-Spec is hitting its mark and attracting younger buyers – RDX A-Spec has double the number of under-45-year-olds than the rest of the RDX line

About the 2020 Acura RDX
The third-generation RDX (2019-20) is the first in a new generation of Acura models built on the resurgent luxury brand’s original and authentic Precision Crafted Performance brand values.  In setting their targets for the design and performance, the U.S. design and engineering team drew inspiration from both the Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit as well as the pinnacle representation of Acura performance, the NSX supercar. The RDX is the first all-new design drawing from the Concept styling and the advanced Cockpit technology. The RDX team’s ultimate goal was straightforward: to make the best RDX ever, a vehicle that sets the foundation for an entire new generation of Acura vehicles in terms of styling, performance, premium quality and technology.

Featuring a new Platinum White exterior color for 2020, RDX carries forward the next generation of Acura design, performance and technology that debuted on the all-new 2019 model, including the popular A-Spec sport appearance package. RDX delivers an exceptional driving experience thanks in part to its 272-horsepower (SAE net) turbocharged i-VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), along with a class-leading array of standard premium features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes the critically-acclaimed True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking user interface tailored around the driver. Also offered on RDX is the available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers to create a truly immersive listening experience.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Honda Begins Final Phase of Takata Non-desiccated Airbag Inflator Recall Six Months Ahead of NHTSA Schedule

  • Phase 5 to occur ahead of NHTSA schedule due to significant Acura and Honda repair progress on existing recalls and adequate replacement parts supplies to repair all affected models
  • Prior to this expansion, Honda’s overall Takata inflator recall completion rate was 83.0%, including yearly scheduled recall expansions since May 2016
  • Since Phase 5 primarily includes Takata non-desiccated replacement inflators used in early recall repairs, the total number of recalled Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. does not change significantly with this action

In the fifth and final phase of planned recalls announced by NHTSA in May 2016, Honda will conduct recalls covering approximately 1.6 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, for free, Takata replacement front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. With this final action, taken six months ahead of NHTSA’s schedule, Honda has now recalled all Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators installed in Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States.

The inflators included in Phase 5 were used as replacement parts during early Takata airbag inflator recall repairs or were part of whole airbag modules replaced for other reasons prior to February 2017. Excluding vehicles subject to the earlier Takata driver airbag inflator recalls, only 59 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a Takata airbag inflator recall for the first time because of this action.

Honda decided to take this action early, ahead of NHTSA’s planned expansion date in late December 2019, because it has made significant progress with existing recall repairs (83.0% completion rate as of 6/7/2019). The company also has adequate replacement parts, all from alternative suppliers, to repair all affected Acura and Honda models, including those in the expanded population. Thus, owners of affected vehicles should seek repair immediately at authorized Honda and Acura dealers.

In addition, all Honda Gold Wing motorcycles equipped with defective inflators in the U.S. were included in earlier recalls and remain eligible for repair. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally. For more information about the history of Honda motorcycle airbags, please visit http://world.honda.com/MotorcycleAirbag/history/.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to schedule repair at an authorized dealer as soon as possible. Replacement parts are available, all from alternate suppliers, to begin free recall repairs immediately, and a free rental car is available to the vehicle owner for the day of the recall repair or longer if a replacement part is temporarily unavailable. Mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in mid-August 2019. Automobile owners may also check their vehicles’ recall status now at www.recalls.acura.com and www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138. Motorcycle customers can check recall status at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

Since this recall primarily involves replacement inflators installed in vehicles previously subject to recall, the total number of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by Takata recalls does not change significantly with this action. The total number of recalled inflators does rise to approximately 22.6 million in approximately 12.9 million Honda and Acura automobiles that have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States. In addition, approximately 4,540 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles are subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module. No motorcycle products are involved in the recall announced today.

More Airbag Inflator Recall Information, including a detailed fact sheet can be found here: www.hondaairbaginfo.com.

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Team Honda Serves Local Communities Across North America

Over 25,000 Volunteers Participated During Annual Week of Service

More than 25,000 volunteers participated in the 4th annual Team Honda Week of Service June 7-16, conducting nearly 600 service activities that highlight the vital work of local community organizations throughout North America.

Honda associates, along with the company’s dealers and suppliers conducted group volunteer activities in 42 states, Canada and Mexico. The Week of Service coincides with Honda’s Founder’s Day in North America, which marks the establishment of the first Honda business operation in America, on June 11, 1959. This year also marks Honda’s 60th anniversary of beginning business operations in America.

“Honda’s Week of Service continues to grow and we are grateful to our associates and to those who join us in giving back to the communities where we work and live during this special week,” said Jeffrey Smith, vice president, Honda North America, Inc. “Team Honda has become a powerful force for good, demonstrating that by working together we can truly build nurturing communities.”

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the hundreds of dealers and suppliers who dedicated their time, people and resources to this nationwide volunteer effort. Honda deeply appreciates their generous spirit of support for their local communities,” Smith said.

The more than 25,000 volunteers throughout North America supported local communities through a wide range of more than 600 service activities, from food and blood drives, to adopt-a-pet events, beach and park clean-ups, collection of school supplies and home repair for people in need.

The community impact from this year’s Team Honda Week of Service included:

  • 592,000 meals served;
  • 65 tons of food collected and sorted;
  • 2,210 pints of blood donated; and
  • Nearly $100,000 raised for nonprofit organizations

One of the organizations benefiting from the Team Honda Week of Service spoke to the positive impact the Honda service activity had in local communities.

“I am so grateful for this wonderful event,” said Reginale Durandisse, founder and CEO of For The Children Inc., which received assistance from the Braman Honda automobile dealer in West Palm Beach, Fla. “There were some very happy and deserving children who received their bikes today.”

For additional updates on the Team Honda activities, follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #TeamHondaCares or check out:

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda’s corporate goal is to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

60th Anniversary of Honda in North America

Honda observed its 60th anniversary in North America on June 11, 2019, and will mark 40 years of production on Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 12 major manufacturing facilities in America, working with more than 600 suppliers in the region to produce roughly 4 million products annually for customers locally and globally. In 2018, almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in America, including Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda side-by-side vehicles and power equipment, as well as the HondaJet.

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First Batch of the Handbuilt 2020 TLX PMC Edition Arrives

  • Handbuilt 2020 TLX PMC Edition is produced in the Performance Manufacturing Center by the same master technicians as NSX
  • TLX PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of A-Spec
  • Features the highest quality, most vibrant Valencia Red Pearl paint that Acura has offered on a production car, using nano pigment paint technology previously exclusive to NSX
  • Production limited to only 360 individually numbered units

The 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition begins arriving at select dealerships across the U.S. this week. Each handcrafted TLX carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $50,945 (including $1,995 destination and handling). The limited-edition TLX PMC Edition is handbuilt by the same master technicians that assemble the NSX supercar at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio2.

The 2020 TLX PMC Edition sits atop the TLX lineup, featuring Acura’s 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 powertrain and torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). A unique build, the PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of the TLX A-Spec. PMC Edition-exclusive exterior design elements include Valencia Red Pearl paint, a body-colored grille surround, gloss black painted roof and door handles; gloss black 19-inch wheels; body-colored side mirror housings, and dark chrome 4-inch dual exhaust finishers.

Inside, the TLX PMC Edition features black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching for the seats, door panels, and center armrest. An A-Spec steering wheel includes perforated black leather, red stitching and metal-finished paddle shifters. The individually numbered serial plaque on the lower console designates the 2020 TLX PMC Edition as one of 360 units handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center.

Following the hand-assembly process, each TLX PMC Edition receives the same quality control process as NSX, including a dyno check, paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test. To protect the paint during shipping, the PMC Edition is wrapped in a specially designed car cover and transported to Acura dealers via enclosed, single-car carriers.

TLX PMC Edition Feature Summary 
Exclusive to TLX PMC Edition

  • Valencia Red Pearl nano pigment paint
  • Unique PMC Edition numbered serial plaque
  • Gloss black 19-inch split-5-spoke wheels with black lug nuts
  • Gloss black roof panel
  • Gloss black door handles
  • Gloss black diamond pentagon grille with body-colored grille surround
  • Dual 4-inch black chrome exhaust finishers
  • Premium black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching
  • Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and paddle shifters
  • Red stitching on door panel, center console, and armrest
  • Premium floormats with metal A-Spec badging

Additional Features

  • A-Spec exterior sport appearance package
  • A-Spec interior sport appearance package
  • Jewel-Eye LED headlights, LED fog lights
  • Embedded navigation with Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel
  • Acura ELS Studio™ premium audio system with 10 speakers
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Surround view camera system
  • Power folding door mirrors with auto-dimming
  • Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot information (BSI) system, rear cross traffic monitor
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies

*For additional details on the 2020 TLX PMC Edition, visitAcuraNews.com

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Rossi, Honda Reign at Road America

  • Alexander Rossi dominates REV Group Grand Prix for second win of 2019
  • Closes to within seven points of championship lead
  • Graham Rahal runs fourth, Scott Dixon fifth in close battle

Alexander Rossi dominated today’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, leading every lap but one to crush the 23-car NTT IndyCar Series field for his second win of 2019, bringing him within seven points of the drivers’ championship lead.  Honda increased its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship contest while scoring its fifth win of the season.

Starting second, Rossi swept across the nose of Honda-powered pole qualifier Colton Herta to complete an outside pass as the pair entered the tight right-hand Turn 3 on the opening lap, and never looked back  after taking the lead.  Once in front, Rossi continued to build his advantage throughout the 55-lap event, heading the field by eight seconds just prior to the first round of pit stops; building that margin to 16 seconds by the second round, and eventually romping to a winning margin of more than 28 seconds in the caution-free event.

Rossi surrendered the lead only once, during the final round to pit stops on Lap 40, to fellow Honda driver Graham Rahal, who elected to run one additional lap prior to making his final stop.

For his part, Rahal spent the second half of the race in a multi-car fight over the third place.  While Will Power ran a relatively uncontested second for the final 20 laps, Rahal battled championship leader Josef Newgarden and fellow Honda drivers Herta, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist for the final podium spot.  With Herta on a different tire strategy throughout the race, the order shuffled several times in the closing laps before Newgarden held on to third by 1.5 seconds over Rahal.

Recovering from opening lap contact and a spin that dropped him to the rear of the field, defending series champion Dixon fought his way back to a fifth-place finish, followed by his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Rosenqvist.  A slide in Turn 5 from Herta on Lap 53 cost both the rookie and Hinchcliffe, as Hinchcliffe finished finished seventh and Herta eighth.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series action from Road America are available on the HPD Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
After a run of six races in the last seven weeks, the NTT IndyCar Series now takes its first extended break of the season, with two weekends off before resuming July 14 with the Honda Indy Toronto, held on the Exhibition Place street circuit in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Quotes
Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started second, finished first; second IndyCar win of 2019; remains second in the drivers’ championship standings, closing to within seven points of the lead: “These guys [on his team], what they did overnight after seeing what we were missing yesterday in qualifying, was phenomenal. To turn things around today was sensational. Huge thanks to the NAPA Andretti Honda team.  Man, I mean, after thinking about it a bit, I think that was the best race car today I’ve ever driven.  It was a win we needed.  We’ve been there or thereabouts [with a string of podium results], but the other guys were getting the upper hand on us.  To be able to go out and win a race the way we did [today] stated our intentions [to fight for the championship].”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) Started fifth, finished fourth: “It’s just super competitive right now.  Josef [Newgarden] and I, I think we both pushed as hard as we could the whole time [fighting for third place]. I don’t think I’ve driven 55 harder laps around this place before.  But in this series, it’s just that way.  You’ve got to push all the time.  I’ve very pleased for the Gehl team to come out of here with fourth.  I thought we might be able to come out of here with a podium; I think we were a little bit quicker than Josef, but just getting the [pass] done was a little hard.  Pleased with where we finished, but still have a little more work to do. Onward we go to Toronto.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 12th, fell to last after opening lap contact and spin; finished fifth: “I think had we not had that issue at the start, getting turned around [following contact at Turn 5] and losing 10 or so seconds, we may have been fighting for the podium today with the PNC Bank car. We had to kind of work our way back to the front all day. It is what it is, though. It happened and all you can do is put your head down and start to gain back that time. It’s just been one of those years to this point. You just have to keep your head down and keep working hard. Congrats to [Alexander] Rossi and good job by Honda.”

Ted Klaus (president, Honda Performance Development) on today’s victory for Honda and Alexander Rossi at Road America: “It was an amazing result for the Powered by Honda teams. The power of Honda was clearly evident in a dominant performance by Andretti Autosport and Alexander, who earned the victory today, which he has deserved for a while now. I also want to commend gritty performances by both Scott [Dixon] and Colton [Herta] under adverse circumstances, and we don’t want to lose sight of an inspiring drive by Graham [Rahal] during Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s weekend of celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Honda in IndyCar competition. Next up is the Honda Indy Toronto, and we’ll be looking to duplicate today’s results there.”

 

NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix 
Circuit:               Road America (4.0-mile road course) Elkhart Lake, Wis.
2018 Winner:    Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 132.101 mph average
Weather:           Partly sunny, mild, 69 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   55 132.894 mph average
  2.   3. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 55 +28.4391 seconds
  3.   4. Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 55 186.084 mph average
  4.   5. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 55  
  5. 12. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda   55     
  6. 18. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 55
  7.   9. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 55     
  8.   1. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Rcg Honda   55     
  9.   5. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 55  
10.   6. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 55   

Other Honda Results

11. 15. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   55 
12.   7. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   55  
13. 17. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 55 
15. 19. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 55     
18. 14. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   54 Running
19. 21. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda   54 Running
23. 10. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   18 Did not finish – mechanical

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Honda Publishes Improved Consumer Website

American Honda has published a new and improved consumer-facing powersports website. Accessible at the familiar URL (https://powersports.honda.com), the site boasts a number of enhancements.

The most noticeable characteristic is a fresh, modern look, with a responsive format optimized to deliver the same great experience across devices—desktops, smartphones and tablets. In addition, the website features a new platform that provides improved website performance, including faster page-load speeds, and it is based on a Sitecore content-management system that allows timely updates.

In addition, the new website encourages user interactivity, as customers can now more easily connect with the Honda brand and Honda dealers. For example, the structure allows for a more optimized search-engine functionality, and the new interface makes it simpler for customers to complete their research activities, thanks to streamlined processes for considering model options and requesting a quote. Signing up for email newsletters is now easier as well.

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American Honda Restores a Chevy Pickup

  • 1961 Chevy Apache 10 pickups were used to deliver motorcycles to dealers in early 1960s
  • Hand-painted graphics plus Honda 50 and CB160 motorcycles from the era complete authentic recreation
  • Restoration is part of American Honda 60th anniversary celebration; public display plans include 2019 SEMA Show

Shortly after American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California. One of these trucks is depicted in an iconic photo circa 1961 in front of AHM’s original office at 4077 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Underscoring their importance during those early days, American Honda restored a truck to authentically match the one in the old photo, helping celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.

Tapping its U.S. archives and memories of retired Honda associates for details, a 1961 Chevy half-ton pickup was found and carefully renovated, replicating the original paint scheme as used by company salesmen delivering motorcycles to dealers to sell on a consignment basis. These trucks helped American Honda quickly establish a U.S. market foothold, starting in Southern California. By 1965, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in America with amarket share of almost 72 percent.

To ready the special truck for its debut at AHM’s 60th anniversary celebration on June 11, it was given a mild mechanical freshening plus new factory-correct white paint and hand-painted graphics like the originals. Two vintage motorcycles, a Honda 50 and CB160, like those originally carried in the trucks, are placed in the truck bed. The completed package is now on display in the lobby of American Honda’s Torrance, Calif. headquarters.

Plans for public display include the 2019 SEMA Show and other events around the country, as well as classic vehicle gatherings around Southern California. Ultimately, the truck will make its way to the American Honda Collection Hall in Torrance, where it will be staged in front of a replica of the company’s original Los Angeles office.

Delivery Truck Basic Specs:

  • Half-ton chassis
  • 8 ft. bed
  • 283 cu. in. V8 engine
  • 160 HP
  • 3-speed manual transmission

Precious Cargo
The truck’s cargo—in this case two important motorcycles from those early days—were also procured, helping recreate what the package looked like as salesmen traveled around the state to support their dealers.

A red 1965 Honda 50, known in other parts of the world as the Super Cub, occupies the left side of the truck bed. The first big success among the Honda motorcycles sold in the U.S., the “Nifty Thrifty Honda 50” as it was advertised, put Honda on the map in America in the early 1960s—and around the world for that matter.

Easy to ride for almost anyone, the Honda 50 became a surprise hit – immortalized in the “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” marketing campaign. This 1965 model runs and rides perfectly and is ready for another 60 years of enjoyment.

Honda 50 Basic Specs:

  • Pressed steel, step-through monocoque frame
  • 49 cc single-cylinder pushrod engine
  • 3-speed semi-automatic transmission with centrifugal clutch

Also sharing the Chevy truck bed is an original 1965 Honda CB160, one of Honda’s early small displacement sport bikes. The little CB was a big hit for American Honda, following in the footsteps of the larger CB77 “Super Hawk” in moving away from a stamped steel monocoque in favor of a tubular steel frame.

Cycle World magazine dubbed the new bike a “baby Super Hawk” at the time. It was popular with young riders moving up from the Honda 50 or 90 who wanted something that looked like a true motorcycle. This 1965 model was completely restored last year and is in perfect running order.

Honda CB160 Basic Specs:

  • Tubular steel backbone frame
  • 161 cc SOHC vertical twin engine
  • 16.5 HP
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Electric starter

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American Honda Restores a Chevy Pickup

  • 1961 Chevy Apache 10 pickups were used to deliver motorcycles to dealers in early 1960s
  • Hand-painted graphics plus Honda 50 and CB160 motorcycles from the era complete authentic recreation
  • Restoration is part of American Honda 60th anniversary celebration; public display plans include 2019 SEMA Show

Shortly after American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California. One of these trucks is depicted in an iconic photo circa 1961 in front of AHM’s original office at 4077 Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Underscoring their importance during those early days, American Honda restored a truck to authentically match the one in the old photo, helping celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.

Tapping its U.S. archives and memories of retired Honda associates for details, a 1961 Chevy half-ton pickup was found and carefully renovated, replicating the original paint scheme as used by company salesmen delivering motorcycles to dealers to sell on a consignment basis. These trucks helped American Honda quickly establish a U.S. market foothold, starting in Southern California. By 1965, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in America with amarket share of almost 72 percent.

To ready the special truck for its debut at AHM’s 60th anniversary celebration on June 11, it was given a mild mechanical freshening plus new factory-correct white paint and hand-painted graphics like the originals. Two vintage motorcycles, a Honda 50 and CB160, like those originally carried in the trucks, are placed in the truck bed. The completed package is now on display in the lobby of American Honda’s Torrance, Calif. headquarters.

Plans for public display include the 2019 SEMA Show and other events around the country, as well as classic vehicle gatherings around Southern California. Ultimately, the truck will make its way to the American Honda Collection Hall in Torrance, where it will be staged in front of a replica of the company’s original Los Angeles office.

Delivery Truck Basic Specs:

  • Half-ton chassis
  • 8 ft. bed
  • 283 cu. in. V8 engine
  • 160 HP
  • 3-speed manual transmission

Precious Cargo
The truck’s cargo—in this case two important motorcycles from those early days—were also procured, helping recreate what the package looked like as salesmen traveled around the state to support their dealers.

A red 1965 Honda 50, known in other parts of the world as the Super Cub, occupies the left side of the truck bed. The first big success among the Honda motorcycles sold in the U.S., the “Nifty Thrifty Honda 50” as it was advertised, put Honda on the map in America in the early 1960s—and around the world for that matter.

Easy to ride for almost anyone, the Honda 50 became a surprise hit – immortalized in the “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” marketing campaign. This 1965 model runs and rides perfectly and is ready for another 60 years of enjoyment.

Honda 50 Basic Specs:

  • Pressed steel, step-through monocoque frame
  • 49 cc single-cylinder pushrod engine
  • 3-speed semi-automatic transmission with centrifugal clutch

Also sharing the Chevy truck bed is an original 1965 Honda CB160, one of Honda’s early small displacement sport bikes. The little CB was a big hit for American Honda, following in the footsteps of the larger CB77 “Super Hawk” in moving away from a stamped steel monocoque in favor of a tubular steel frame.

Cycle World magazine dubbed the new bike a “baby Super Hawk” at the time. It was popular with young riders moving up from the Honda 50 or 90 who wanted something that looked like a true motorcycle. This 1965 model was completely restored last year and is in perfect running order.

Honda CB160 Basic Specs:

  • Tubular steel backbone frame
  • 161 cc SOHC vertical twin engine
  • 16.5 HP
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Electric starter

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