Ryan Eversley Earns Top-Five Result For Acura TLX GT Team in Austin

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Circuit of the Americas Pirelli World Challenge Race Report

Mar 8, 2015 – Austin, TX

Circuit: Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, TX
Weather: Cloudy, rain, 52 degrees F

Ryan Eversley Earns Top-Five Result For Acura TLX GT Team in Austin

  • All-Wheel Drive Acura storms from 25th on the grid to finish fifth on Sunday
  • Eversley earns Optima Batteries Best Start Award in both races
  • Contact ends weekend early for Peter Cunningham’s Acura TLX GT

Racers regard rain as the great equalizer, but many of the drivers that make up the Pirelli World Challenge field may tend to disagree after the second round of the 2015 season.

Day-long rains soaked the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track for Sunday’s event and Ryan Eversley took full advantage, using the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive of the RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT to make up a remarkable 20 spots over only 18 laps, on his way to a fifth-place finish.

For the second consecutive day, Eversley earned the Optima Batteries Best Start Award, gaining eight positions on his first trip around the 20-turn road course. He snared four more positions on the next lap before a caution flag slowed his progress. Eversley wasted no time once the green flag flew again on Lap 7, outdragging an Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 off the final turn and down the front stretch to move into the top 10.

The first-year World Challenge driver continued his march, needing just three more laps to move into sixth. He then recovered from a quick spin to pass Madison Snow’s Audi R8 with three laps to go to claim the fifth position, where he would  remain until the checkered flag. Eversley not only earned the Optima Batteries contingency award for his lightning start, but also won the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award for his efforts throughout the race.

“We had the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive Acura TLX GT really hooked up. It was really working well in the corners,” Eversley said. “Our corner exits were so much better because of the handling, we were able to get great runs and pick guys off.”

The run highlighted what, until then, had been a tough weekend for the Acura TLX GT squad, as both cars retired in Saturday’s season opener after contact resulted in suspension failures. RealTime owner/driver Peter Cunningham’s #42 Acura TLX GT was hit after seven laps of Saturday’s race, inflicting enough damage to keep the car out of Sunday’s event. Eversley’s #43 machine made just four more trips around the Texas circuit before his suspension succumbed to in-race contact.

Eversley’s car ended up in 34th place, followed by Cunningham’s machine in 35th. Eversley’s contact negated a promising start that had seen him gain 11 positions on the opening lap.

The series will resume in two weeks when the Pirelli World Challenge runs a doubleheader weekend as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series event on the street course in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video News Releases from this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge events at Circuit of the Americas are being posted on a specially created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2015. The video packages can be found at https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Top 6 Race Results:
Ps Class Driver Team Car Status
1. GT Kevin Estre K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 18 Laps
2. GT Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3R -30.344 seconds
3. GT Nicky Catsburg LG Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo -34.773
4. GT Mike Skeen CRP Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra -35.122
5. GT Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT -42.414
6. GT Madison Snow GMG Audi R8 LMS Ultra -47.456

Quotes

Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, started 25th, finished fifth in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): “That was probably the most fun I have ever had in a race car! I was just grinning through my helmet the whole race, because we were able to run right with all the big guns of the series.”

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT): “The team did a great job, not just over this weekend, but for the last 19 months getting prepared to field two Acura TLX GT race cars. To get a fifth-place finish this weekend is incredible and it really feels like a win for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but our guys are ready to get it done and we’re really looking forward to St. Pete in two weeks.”

Lee Niffenegger (Team Leader, Acura Motorsports): “I couldn’t be any happier, this finish is more than we could have expected coming into the weekend. With the All-Wheel Drive and the rain, we knew that we had a chance to do pretty well here. Ryan won here (in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race) by a large margin in the wet conditions last year, and we knew he would give us a good run. The HPD and RealTime teams worked really hard and did a great job. After both cars suffered contact in Saturday’s race, we knew we could only fix one of them overnight, and we worked hard to put a quality race car on the track. Ryan did a great job with it.”

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2015 Acura TLX Earns Top NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

2015 Acura TLX Achieves Highest Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Mar 4, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura TLX is third new Acura model to earn highest possible safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS
  • TLX is one of only three new midsize luxury/near luxury vehicles to earn top NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings
  • Acura brand is positioned for safety leadership with all models expected to achieve an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for 2016

Acura continues to advance its reputation as a safety leader and innovator with the 2015 Acura TLX receiving a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top available rating in the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), including 5-stars in all nine vehicle test modes. The Acura TLX performance luxury sedan, introduced in August 2014, has quickly become one of Acura’s best-selling vehicles and is one of only three 2015 model vehicles in the midsize luxury/near luxury category to earn both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.

“The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Safety is a core value of the brand and all 2016 Acura models are expected to earn top safety scores. When you think of safety performance and luxury, you’ll think Acura.”

Acura anticipates earning top NCAP and IIHS ratings for every model in its lineup for the 2016 model year. The brand currently has four models earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score: the 2015 ILX, TLX, RDX and MDX. The Acura RLX sedan has yet to undergo NCAP testing.  Three models also earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS: the 2015 RLX, TLX and MDX.

Innovative Safety and Drive Assistive Technologies

The 2015 TLX was the first Acura model equipped with the exclusive AcuraWatch™, utilizing sensor fusion technology – the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera – to expand both the scope and fidelity of the vehicle’s sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to pedestrians in the roadway and numerous other road hazards. Acura is expanding the availability of its AcuraWatch™ suite of advance safety and driver-assistive technologies to all models for the 2016 model year.

Standard and available driver-assistive features in the AcuraWatch™ suite include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Blind spot information (BSI)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

The TLX also utilizes its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) frontal body structure along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side and side-curtain airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

The award-winning TLX is one of Acura’s best-selling models. Designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, the TLX is appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three new powertrains and advanced chassis technologies that respond intelligently to the will of the driver. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that deliver new levels of quietness and ride comfort for a luxurious driving experience.

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[Source: Acura]

Acura USA February 2015 Sales Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Diverse Lineup of Light Trucks and Sub-Compacts Leads American Honda February 2015 Sales Increase

Mar 3, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura trucks set new February benchmark, with a 12.5 percent gain on sales of 8,415
  • Honda Fit sets new February record, rising 81 percent on sales of 5,652 units
  • Honda Pilot has February to remember, with sales up 82.7 percent

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported February Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 105,466 units, an increase of 5.0 percent versus February 2014. Sales of Acura light trucks set a new February record, rising 12.5 percent on sales of 8,415 vehicles. The Honda Division sold 92,474 vehicles in February—an increase of 4.1 percent for the month. The Acura brand posted sales of 12,992 units in February, rising 12.5 percent over the same period last year.

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Acura trucks continue to light up the sales charts with RDX setting a new February best just ahead of the launch of the refreshed 2016 model. MDX also sold at near record levels during a transition month as the 2016 model became available at Acura dealers in early February. Combined, the RDX and MDX gave Acura trucks a new February sales record.

TLX sales remain strong, taking important share in the super-competitive mid-luxury sedan segment and spurring overall Acura car sales to 4,577 in February, an increase of 12.7 percent. And the significantly revised 2016 ILX went on sale mid-month, adding new power to a strengthening Acura sedan lineup.

  • RDX captured yet another monthly sales record with 3,862 units sold in February, up 32.7 percent for the month.
  • MDX maintained a strong pace as America’s 3-row luxury SUV sales leader easily surpassed 4,500 units again.
  • RDX and MDX combined for a February record of 8,415 Acura trucks sold in February, an increase of 12.5 percent for the month.

“While bone-chilling winter weather takes its toll on much of the country, Acura sales continue to reflect a strong warming trend,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “Our MDX and RDX luxury SUVs remain red hot—with refreshed 2016 models only adding fuel to the fire. And the substantially upgraded 2016 ILX sport sedan now in showrooms nationwide will burn brighter than ever.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for February 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
February February DSR** February February DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 12,992 11,545 12.5% 24,974 22,368 9.4%
ILX 959 1,301 -26.3% 1,951 2,458 -22.2%
RLX/RL 173 371 -53.4% 349 791 -56.8%
TL 22 1,480 -98.5% 40 2,848 -98.6%
TLX 3,419 0 0.0% 6,311 0 0.0%
TSX 4 911 -99.6% 10 1,804 -99.5%
MDX 4,553 4,563 -0.2% 8,934 8,804 -0.6%
RDX 3,862 2,911 32.7% 7,379 5,671 28.2%
ZDX 0 8 -100.0 0 22 -100.0
*** ILX Hybrid 5 42 -88.1% 8 69 -88.6%
*** RLX Hybrid 21 0 0.0% 35 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 1 103 -99.0% 1 200 -99.5%
Selling Days 24 24 50 49
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

[Source: Acura]

Gallery: Production NSX Debuts in Europe

The new NSX made its European debut at an exclusive Honda preview event on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show:

“Hot from its global debut in Detroit, the much-anticipated production Honda NSX was displayed ahead of its European show debut. Designed from a clean sheet, featuring an all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, multi-material space frame chassis and sophisticated dynamic set-up, new NSX will be the most technologically advanced supercar in the world. After driving it silently onto the stage in full electric mode, chief development engineer, Ted Klaus, said: ‘We have strained every ounce of our engineering capability to ensure Honda captivates the inner driving hero in us all. With NSX, Honda has a new top-of-the-class, technologically innovative supercar for the modern era that is helping reignite Honda as an exciting brand.’ “ – Honda Europe

Along with the NSX, Honda previewed the all-new Civic Type R and the 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car presented by McLaren-Honda F1 Driver Jenson Button. Check out more highlights from the event in the video below.

[Source: Honda Europe]

2016 Acura RLX On Sale March 3rd

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

2016 Acura RLX Adds AcuraWatch™ and Other Enhancements to Elevate Premium Sophistication and Value

Mar 2, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • AcuraWatch™ expands scope and content of safety and driver assistive technologies
  • Chassis tuning enhances ride quality; 19-inch wheels with new bright finish standard on all trims
  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) unchanged

With the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies yet available on an Acura, the 2016 RLX luxury sedan goes on sale March 3 with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) unchanged from the previous model year. This price hold represents a significant value, especially for the Technology package due to the addition of AcuraWatch™ and Advance package which includes the first U.S. application of Acura’s Surround View Camera system3. Both RLX packages will also adopt the application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor.

The Acura RLX luxury sedan boasts an abundance of standard premium attributes and features. These include a powerful and smooth 310 horsepower, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine that contributes to the RLX’s EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)2, agile and sporty handling with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), distinctive Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and next generation AcuraLink® connected car system.

Available on all trims and standard on the Technology and Advance packages, the RLX now includes AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that help to improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The AcuraWatch™ suite of available features – depending upon trim – includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Cross Traffic Monitor

AcuraWatch™

At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the RLX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision. These systems include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor, both of which are new to the RLX.

Surround View Camera3

For 2016, the Acura RLX with Advance Package includes the first U.S. application of Acura’s Surround View Camera system3 that provides a 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. The surround view camera system is designed to assist drivers during critical and precise maneuvers in snug parking situations. Using four separate cameras, views from behind, directly in front of, and both left and right sides of the vehicle can be displayed on the navigation screen. The system can also use all four cameras to seamlessly create a composite bird’s eye image, to provide the driver with information about the surroundings. In addition, dynamic on-screen guidelines help the driver see their projected path relative to the lines demarking parking spaces or other objects, allowing them to maneuver with greater confidence.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

New for the 2016 Acura RLX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the RLX stay a detected lane.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the RLX is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the RLX will use active steering force to return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Cross Traffic Monitor

Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the RLX’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.

Additional Enhancements for 2016 RLX

To improve overall ride and handling quality and reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the chassis of the 2016 RLX has received multiple tuning refinements. Both the front and rear shock absorbers get an increase in piston rod diameter and the rear stabilizer bar’s stiffness is decreased. The front and rear spring rates and shock absorber damping force were all decreased to provide better shock absorption and road surface tracking. Furthermore, the front upper spring/shock mounts and rear bump stops were changed for improved action.

The 2016 Acura RLX is available in three trims, RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology Package and RLX with Advance Package. The RLX with Navigation has been upgraded for 2016 with the same larger 19-inch wheels as standard on the other trims with a new bright finish The RLX with Technology Package has been enhanced with AcuraWatch™ as standard. The RLX with Advance Package has been improved with AcuraWatch™ including surround view camera and a bi-directional remote engine starter. Also for 2016 a new Acura Silver Metallic color is available.

TRIM MSRP1 EPA Rating2
RLX with Navigation $50,950 20/31/24
RLX with Technology Package $54,450 20/31/24
RLX with Advance Package $60,450 20/31/24

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.

2Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

3Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.

[Source: Acura]

A Look at the 2016 Acura ILX Aero Kit

Based on these images of a fully accessorized 2016 Acura ILX, I’d have to say this Aero Kit is one of the most aggressive designs Acura has ever offered.

What makes this kit unique is the addition of black, or “carbon fiber” sections on the front and rear underbody spoilers. It’s the first time Acura has used these type of dark accents so prominently, and on lighter colored cars the contrast will be striking. I’m doubtful that the pieces will actually be carbon fiber, but they do seem to have a different texture or pattern that is distinguishable from the rest of the body-colored attachments. To me the front bumper styling is very BMW M3ish, and that’s a good thing for those looking for an aggressive sporty look.

View all 2016 Acura ILX Accessories on acura.com.

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Rendered: Acura CDX Crossover

Recent news of a potential small crossover model from Acura has prompted Russian automotive website DRIVE.RU to create this rendering of the Acura “CDX”.

There really isn’t too much to the rendering, it simply places the whole front end of the 2016 Acura RDX onto the body of the Honda HR-V and adds some new wheels. It does however give us an idea of how the newer Acura styling traits would look with the compact proportions of the HR-V platform. Of course, if Acura did create its own version of the HR-V, we’d expect significant upgrades both inside and out to distinguish itself as a premium vehicle.

[Source: DRIVE.RU]