Save the upcoming NSX, Acura does not have any exciting car in its segment. It is in fact not an exciting brand. That is all about to change. At 2012 SEMA show Acura unveiled the ILX Endurance Racer, an actual race car they have developed to take part in 25 Hours of Thunderhill race with.
Based on the ILX family sedan, the race car is kitted out with an aero kit including a front splitter and a big rear wing, custom-built AEM/120 Racing exhaust, H&R suspension and Enkei RPF1 wheels and BF Goodrich R1 race tires, as well as cold air intake, Red Line oil lubricates, and 6-speed manual.
Other racing bits and pieces include an HPD-lightened flywheel and racing clutch package, limited-slip differential, motor mounts, anti-roll bars and rear upper suspension control arm. The interior features Bride Gardis III race seat, an OMP competition steering wheel and a Schroth safety harness.
Hopefully racing programs like this will have a profound effect on the way Acura makes its road cars.