Record Breaker: Long Beach Blue Acura NSX Type S sets new lap record for a Long Beach production car

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September 27, 2021 by Edited
• 2022 NSX Type S, the most powerful and maneuverable NSX ever, set a new lap record for a production vehicle at the Long Beach Acura Grand Prix race track • Nearly three seconds faster, the Long Beach Blue NSX Record-breaking Type S was driven by Acura race car driver and reigning IMSA champion Ricky Taylor The new Acura NSX Type S 2022 demonstrated yesterday at the iconic Acura Grand Prix street circuit in Long Beach, California, setting a new series car lap record of 1: 32: 784, nearly three seconds faster than the previous best. Piloting the Long Beach Blue Pearl NSX Type S was Ricky Taylor, driver of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for Wayne Taylor Racing and two-time reigning champion of the IMSA prototype series. The historic race eclipsed the previous 2-mile course record of 1: 35,663 set in 2019 by Sports Car Club of America’s Hall of Famer Peter Cunningham driving a production-spec 2019 NSX.

Record Breaker: Long Beach Blue Acura NSX Type S sets new lap record for a Long Beach production car

“Long Beach is such a fun but definitely challenging track with so little room for error,” said Ricky Taylor after the record run. Thankfully, the new Acura NSX Type S isn’t just insanely fast, it’s also remarkably easy to control to the limit. It’s a very special car and perfectly suited for a track like this. ‘

2022 Acura NSX Type S

Offering an even more thrilling driving experience, the new Acura NSX Type S 2022 takes the already impressive performance of Acura’s cutting-edge electrified supercar to new levels. Its upgraded twin-turbo V6 shares its turbos with the NSX GT3 Evo race car, and the total power of NSX’s revolutionary three-engined Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain has been increased to 600 horsepower and 492 lb.-ft. of couple. Instantly recognizable for its new, more aggressive styling, the NSX Type S is as bold as it is beautiful. A distinctive new front fascia with a wider air intake increases engine cooling and an NSX GT3-inspired rear diffuser improves aerodynamic performance. Every corner has been carefully crafted by designers and engineers who work closely to enhance the supercar’s performance and create a distinct and dramatic design.

Record Breaker: Long Beach Blue Acura NSX Type S sets new lap record for a Long Beach production car
To celebrate NSX’s final year of production, only 350 limited edition Type S models will be built, with 300 units destined for US customers. Two-time reigning IMSA prototype champion Ricky Taylor is one of the most successful sports car drivers in recent history. In 2020, driving for Acura Team Penske, Taylor achieved five wins, four pole positions, five podiums and the 2020 drivers title with co-driver Helio Castroneves. This year, Taylor returned to Acura Wayne Taylor Racing for his 14th season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Together with co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque, he is currently leading the DPi Drivers’ Championship with major victories at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, the Acura Sports Car Challenge in Mid-Ohio and, most recently, the Monterey Sports Car Championship in Laguna Seca.
Record Breaker: Long Beach Blue Acura NSX Type S sets new lap record for a Long Beach production car
About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers precision-crafted performance – a commitment to expressive style, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura range includes five distinctive models: the ILX and TLX sports sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles, the high-performance Type S variants and the electrified NSX supercar. All 2021 and newer Acura vehicles sold in America are made in the United States, using both domestic and globally sourced parts.

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