Damp debut for Acura TLX GT showcases all-wheel-drive

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RealTime Racing Acura advances through field as showers fall at Mid-Ohio.

The Acura TLX GT race car made an encouraging debut in Pirelli World Challenge competition Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as RealTime Racing driver Peter Cunningham finished 13th in a rain-shortened contest as development work continues on the sophisticated chassis/engine platform.

Originally scheduled for 50 minutes in duration, the large, 48-car starting field took the start on a dry Mid-Ohio circuit, but threatening skies soon delivered the first drops of rain after just a handful of laps, and the showers quickly intensified, bringing out a full-course caution.

Cunningham made up 10 positions when the yellows waved to freeze the field on Lap 17, and as the rain increased in intensity, race officials ended the race on Lap 19.

Production-based

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

The series has another round scheduled for Sunday.

Honda/Acura

 

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