Acura ILX Race Cars Head to 2012 SEMA Show

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    Acura ILX Race Cars Head to 2012 SEMA Show


    The Acura ILX race cars built by Team Honda Research West in collaboration with Honda Performance Development and Solo Motorsports will be on display at SEMA this year.

    Hoping the ILX will be a success on and off the track, the Japanese automaker is venturing into bigger motorsports series like World Challenge. SEMA is a prime location for the ILX to gather attention from potential teams that would be interested in campaigning the vehicle in other series.

    The new ILX race cars won’t make their racing debut until later on this year at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, but stay tuned for live coverage of the show where more information will likely be available.

    More: Acura ILX Race Cars Head to 2012 SEMA Show on AutoGuide.com

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    Awesome news

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    Looking forward to some trickle-down parts for the ILX

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    The Team Honda Research West Acura ILX build is continuing, as the team prepares the cars for debut in the Acura display at SEMA, and to race in the E1 class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

    Project Leader Calvin Liu created the build plan and schedule early in the year and the team not-so-patiently waited for the cars to arrive. Once the new chassis and donor cars arrived in late summer, the bodies were prepped and painted. Next, the roll cages were installed. Once the team received the donor cars from Acura Public Relations, the work began in earnest. After the primal fun of tearing down the donor cars, the suspension, powertrain, interior and electronics needed to be applied to the two new white-body chassis. Team members from Honda R&D, American Honda Motor Company, Honda Access America and Honda Performance Development have been contributing many after-work hours to build these two cars. Members demonstrate their commitment to the team and passion for Honda by coming in every weekend to work on the build.

    The team has completed two shakedown tests of the first ILX at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and plans to test at least once more at Willow Springs International Raceway prior to delivering one of the cars for display at SEMA in Las Vegas, in early November.


    The HPD tow strap is a safety device used for reliable race track towing if needed.


    The HPD upper engine mount reduces engine movement to improve the feel of the car and shift accuracy.


    The HPD rear stabilizer bar reduces understeer and improves handling balance.


    The HPD brake pads and lines improve brake performance and durability.

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    THRW team members install the front suspension and engine.


    THRW Crew Chief David Kirsch works on installing the wiring harness and electrical components.


    Mike Tsay cuts the outline for the front splitter.


    Project Leader Calvin Liu (the hardest working man in motorsports) envisions enjoying the fruits of his labor.

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    Justin Chiodo adds Red Line Oil to the new engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcuraPWR View Post
    Justin Chiodo adds Red Line Oil to the new engine.
    My choice too !!!!!!!!

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    SEMA show is going on but no footage or pictures of the ILX's as yet! Stay tuned guys maybe we'll see something soon.

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