After an initial shakedown last week, Acura Motorsports has successfully completed two days of testing of its ARX-06 LMDh prototype, which will race in the hybrid-powered GTP category of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“Of course, it is still early days, but I would have to say we’re quite pleased with the results of both the initial shakedown runs last week at Paul Ricard, followed by two days this weekend, which ran into the night both on Saturday and Sunday,” said David Salters, Honda Performance Development president and technical director.
“Everyone on our team from Oreca, HPD, the Wayne Taylor and Meyer Shank organizations – worked together extraordinarily well in preparing for and conducting these initial runs. Now the truly hard work begins,” he added.
Driving duties during testing were performed by HPD engineer Matt McMurry, and Wayne Taylor Racing driver Ricky Taylor. McMurry, an HPD vehicle performance engineer, led development work on several software control systems utilized on the ARX-06.
The Acura ARX-06 is the latest in a line of endurance prototypes fielded by the brand, beginning back in 1991. Exterior styling of the newest prototype race car was led by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, in conjunction with Honda Performance Development and chassis supplier Oreca.
Acura will continue its partnerships with the Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing organizations to campaign the hybrid-powered Acura entries in 2023.