Acura today shared the first official photo of the ARX-06, the car that will launch in 2023 in the hybrid GTP division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Based on a chassis designed by ORECA, the prototype racer will be aligned with the LMDh regulations and, therefore, will be eligible to race in the top class of the 24-hour Le Mans. Although the car is still in disguise, Acura’s executive creative director, Dave Marek, shared some details about how the car’s exterior design was created.
“The process we used to create the exterior design for the Acura ARX-06 is exactly the same as the process we used to create a new Acura passenger vehicle,” he said. “The same world-class stylists who lead Acura Production Car designs create preliminary sketches, then reduce them to a number of possible designs.”
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From there, Marek said the team developed scale models of vehicles to test arrow and wind tunnel models. Then Acura’s designers enlisted the help of Honda Performance Development to get their opinion on the car.
“The design continues to be refined throughout the testing and evaluation process until we come up with a final treatment that meets our performance goals and maintains important Acura styling signals,” Marek said. “It’s been an exciting process.”
The name of the car, meanwhile, is a callback to Acura’s previous racing experience, which extended to 1991, just five years after the company’s founding. The name ARX-06 means Acura Racing Experimental, Generation 6.
With plenty of recent experience in IMSA’s DPi class, Acura will continue to partner with the teams that won the Manufacturer, Driver and Team Championship titles in 2019 and 2020, Wayne Taylor Racing and Mayor Shank Racing, who will be fielding ARX. 06 in GTP class of IMSA as per 2023.