Acura ILX Could Go Racing in World Challenge, Grand Am Says PR Boss

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    Acura ILX Could Go Racing in World Challenge, Grand Am Says PR Boss


    Yesterday Acura announced it would field a two car effort at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race later this year using its new ILX sports sedan. Now Acura has revealed that racing plans for the ILX might not stop there.

    Speaking to AutoGuide, Acura public relations manager Gary Robinson dished on the brand’s musings for a future motorsports program. “We would like to see the ILX racing in a higher profile series,” he said. “Considering where Civic Si and TSX are today. It would make a great Grand Am or World Challenge Car.”

    Robinson did, however, qualify his statement, noting that “nothing is decided yet…”.

    Both Acura and parent-company Honda already have racing initiatives in place in both series. Though not an official factory-backed effort, Realtime Racing has been competing in the SCCA World Challenge series for years, and is currently racing a pair of TSX models. And with rumors that the TSX will be axed in the near future, the ILX could take its place.

    Honda also announced earlier this year a major commitment to World Challenge and Grand Am, backing the Toronto-based Compass360 racing team as it competes in both series.

    More: Acura ILX Could Go Racing in World Challenge, Grand Am Says PR Boss on AutoGuide.com

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    I would love to see this happen. It will take a lot of work to get the ILX race ready as nearly the whole interior will have to come out and all of the typical creature comforts that come with a Luxury sedan. Weight reduction on this will be crazy! Hopefully they show us some or all of the build process

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    whats the aftermarket like for the powertrain they will be using? everything seems fairly new on the ILX, might be a lot of R&D involved to keep it competitive.

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    Seems redundant considering the Civic Si already competes in Grand-Am. It's also very successful in ST so World Challenge makes more sense. It wont be hard to turn the ILX into a ST type class race car. They turned the 9th Gen civics around very fast for ST. Some still run the 8th Gens as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroscout977 View Post
    Seems redundant considering the Civic Si already competes in Grand-Am. It's also very successful in ST so World Challenge makes more sense. It wont be hard to turn the ILX into a ST type class race car. They turned the 9th Gen civics around very fast for ST. Some still run the 8th Gens as well.
    Good move on Acura's part. I remember reading somewhere (might be here) that Acura is focusing on making Acura's more performance focused, so this is a great way to "jump-start" that effort.

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    ^ That part I can agree with. It's going to come down to cost effectiveness for the teams. The Civic Si has a strong showing in Grand-Am ST. Acura has to make it work out for the teams as well. Why pay more for similar competitive features? I wouldn't mind seeing the ILX perform however. With the merger of Grand-AM and ALMS now however I don't see the ST class continuing.

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    Racing improves the breed and anytime Honda gets involved with a project it's a good thing

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    They have done it in the past with the tsx and now the ilx, that doesnt surprise me. Excited to see the results.

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    Don't expect to see it in Grand-Am with the merger announcement. Current rumors are that ST is on the chopping block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroscout977 View Post
    Don't expect to see it in Grand-Am with the merger announcement. Current rumors are that ST is on the chopping block.
    Now that would be a shame

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