Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.