Acura, the first Japanese brand to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, set the pace in the Sebring GTP tests, demonstrating the capability of its all-new ARX-05 prototype.
The ARX-05, developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and built by owner-operator Whelen Engineering Racing, is the latest model to take part in the LMP2 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine and features an advanced aerodynamic package.
In the two days of testing, Acura drivers Dane Cameron, Ricky Taylor, and Olivier Pla recorded the fastest overall lap time of the day with a 1:47.9. The lap time was set by Cameron, who also set the fastest lap time in the LMP2 class with a 1:48.0.
The ARX-05 performed excellently in its first public test, and the team was pleased with the results.
“We had a really positive test here at Sebring,” said Cameron. “The car ran perfectly and the team did a great job preparing the car for the test.”
Taylor, who drove the car for the second day of testing, was equally pleased with the results.
“The ARX-05 ran well and I was able to get up to speed quickly,” said Taylor. “It’s an exciting platform to drive and I’m looking forward to the next test.”
The ARX-05 will be back on track at Sebring on March 16 for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener. Acura is confident that the car will be competitive and is looking forward to a strong performance.
“We have a great platform to work with and I’m confident that we can be competitive in the season opener,” said Pla. “We have a lot of work to do, but I’m confident that the ARX-05 will be ready to race.”
Acura has set the pace in the GTP tests, demonstrating the potency of its all-new ARX-05 prototype. The advanced aerodynamic package, combined with the twin-turbo V6 engine, gives the car the power and precision to excel in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With the season opener just around the corner, Acura is confident that the ARX-05 will be ready to compete and is eager to show its capabilities on the track.