The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place this Sunday in Colorado, is one of the most prestigious races in the United States. It’s also one of the hardest, with cars ascending 4,720 feet over the 12.42-mile stretch that features 156 turns (yes, 156). Competing on that terrain and at that elevation puts a serious beating on cars. But Acura has a car that it thinks is up to the task, and you’d be hard-pressed not to agree.
Acura revealed a concept vehicle inspired by the NSX that will compete at Pikes Peak this year. The Acura EV Concept is a full-electric car with four separate electric motors, one for each wheel. According to Jalopnik it is essentially an NSX body thrown on the Honda CR-Z electric race car prototype that won the Exhibition class at last year’s event.
This year’s version has an updated powertrain that produces three times the power of last year’s entry and will be piloted by the same winning driver, Tetsuya Yamano, in the Electric Modified Class.
The four electric motors allow the car to deliver the optimal amount of torque to each wheel at all times, which should allow the car to get into and out of corners quicker.
That massive wing and ginormous air splitter should help, too.