Acura previews Daytona prototype racer

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will get yet another competitor in the Daytona Prototype class. Acura and Team Penske will enter the series in January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with its own car called the ARX-05. The name stands for Acura Racing Experimental, which we know means it should be called ARE, but let’s be honest, “X” is a way cooler letter. The car’s full reveal comes on Aug. 18, but the company released a teaser image, as well as a video, seen below, that talks about the car.

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The video actually reveals quite a bit of the car. It is covered in camouflage, but just the black-and-white vinyl wrap kind. It’s also in bright daylight. Possibly the most distinctive part of the car’s design is the wing shape that stretches across the top of the nose. It also has very aggressive-looking canards on the front corners. It doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as the Mazda car, but if it’s effective, who cares? The video also reveals that the engine in the ARX is based on the V6 from the TLX and MDX.

When the car enters the IMSA series in January, it will be competing against Cadillac, Mazda, Nissan, and race car builders such as Oreca and Dallara. Acura will be the second company to use a V6 in the series after Nissan. Mazda uses a turbocharged four-cylinder, and Cadillac and the race car builders use V8s.

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