Acura debuted its ARX-05 Prototype-class race car last summer, but the automaker’s new creation will take to the track for the first time this weekend at the 2018 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona.
Acura finalized the livery design for its two ARX-05 cars this week, showing off a new white, black, orange and grey design that differs from the scheme the car was first shown in. The ARX-05 is built to Daytona Prototype International specifications, which are based on LMP2 cars but incorporate production-inspired design cues. In the case of the Acura, it gets a road car-inspired beak-like nose, along with ‘Jewel Eye’ headlights. Powering ARX-05 is race-tuned, 600 hp version of the Acura’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 found a variety of its road cars. The chassis is made by Oreca.
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Driving the No. 6 ARX-05 in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona will be Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud. In the No. 7 car will be Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal. They’ll face stiff competition from the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs fielded Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express Racing and Spirit of Daytona Racing, which occupied the top four spots in preliminary qualifying at the Roar Before the 24 this month.
Official qualifying for the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona will kick off this Friday. If you’re outside of America, you can follow the entire race weekend from start to finish at IMSA.tv.