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Acura ARX-06
2023 Acura ARX-06 Daytona (cropped).jpg
CategoryLMDh
ConstructorOreca
Designer(s)Mark Crawford (Large Project Leader)[1]
Guy Melville-Brown (Exterior Project Lead)[2]
Bill Yex (Special Projects Lead)[2]
Jonathan Seaman (Lead Aerodynamicist)[2]
PredecessorAcura ARX-05
Technical specifications
ChassisLMP2-based carbon fibre monocoque
EngineAR24e 2.4 L (146.5 cu in) 90° V6 twin-turbocharged, 24valve, DOHC mid-engine, longitudinally-mounted
Electric motorFront-mounted Separate motor-generator unit + single-speed reducer
Competition history
CompetitionIMSA SportsCar Championship
Notable entrants
Notable drivers
Debut2023 24 Hours of Daytona
Poles
1

The Acura ARX-06 is a sports prototype racing car built by Oreca and designed by Honda Performance Development. It is designed to the Le Mans Daytona h regulations, and will compete in the GTP class in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.[3] The ARX-06 debuted alongside the BMW M Hybrid V8, Cadillac V-LMDh and Porsche 963 at the 2023 season opener of the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the Daytona International Speedway.[4][5]

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Sports prototype

Sports prototype

A sports prototype, sometimes referred to as simply a prototype, is a type of race car that is used in the highest-level categories of sports car racing. These purpose-built racing cars, unlike street-legal and production-based racing cars, are not intended for consumer purchase or production beyond that required to compete and win races.

Oreca

Oreca

ORECA is a French racing team and race car constructor, founded in 1973 and run by Hugues de Chaunac, former team manager of F1 team AGS. Oreca has had success in many areas of motorsport. Since the early 1990s the team has concentrated on running sports cars and GT cars.

Honda Performance Development

Honda Performance Development

Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) is a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co. which was established in 1993 and is based in Santa Clarita, California. It is the technical operations center for Honda's American motorsports programs and is involved in the design and development of race engines and chassis for auto racing series such as the IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), European Le Mans Series (ELMS), FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and IMSA SportsCar Championship.

LMDh

LMDh

An LMDh is a type of sports prototype race car that will compete alongside Le Mans Hypercar entries in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023. It also competes in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

IMSA SportsCar Championship

IMSA SportsCar Championship

The IMSA SportsCar Championship, currently known as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under sponsorship, is a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada and organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). It is a result of a merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series. At its inception, the name was United SportsCar Championship, which subsequently changed to IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2016. Rolex SA's Tudor brand was the championship's title sponsor in 2014 and 2015, and since 2016 WeatherTech has served as title sponsor.

BMW M Hybrid V8

BMW M Hybrid V8

The BMW M Hybrid V8 is a sports prototype racing car designed by BMW M and built by Dallara. It is designed to the Le Mans Daytona h regulations, and will debut in the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship at the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona. It marks BMW's return to the top-flight of sports prototype racing since the BMW V12 LMR in 1999. The car will also contest the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024 onwards.

Cadillac V-LMDh

Cadillac V-LMDh

The Cadillac V-LMDh is a sports prototype racing car designed by Cadillac and built by Dallara. It is designed to the Le Mans Daytona h regulations, and will debut in the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the season opening 24 Hours of Daytona. The car will also contest the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2023 onwards.

Porsche 963

Porsche 963

The Porsche 963 is an LMDh sports prototype racing car built by Multimatic and designed by Porsche to compete in the Hypercar and GTP classes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship, respectively. The 963 name draws inspiration from the Porsche 956 and Porsche 962 that raced in the 1980s, which also competed in American and European racing series. The car was revealed at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a traditional red, white, and black livery.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR as well as its season opening event. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, IMSA, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.500 mi (4.023 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.560 mi (5.729 km) sports car course, a 2.950 mi (4.748 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320 ft (400 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is operated by NASCAR pursuant to a lease with the City of Daytona Beach on the property that runs until 2054. Dale Earnhardt is Daytona International Speedway's all-time winningest driver, with a total of 34 career victories.

Racing results

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

(key) Races in bold indicates pole position. Races in italics indicates fastest lap.

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results
Year Entrant Class Drivers No. Rds. Rounds Pts. Pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2023 United States Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Performance Group LMDh Brazil Helio Castroneves
France Simon Pagenaud
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Colin Braun
60 All
All
All
All
DAY SEB LBH MON WGL MOS ELK IMS PET -* -*
United States Wayne Taylor Racing w/ Andretti Autosport United States Ricky Taylor
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Switzerland Louis Deletraz
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
10 All
All
All
All
DAY SEB LBH MON WGL MOS ELK IMS PET -* -*

* Season still in progress.

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Pole position

Pole position

In a motorsports race, the pole position is usually the best and "statistically the most advantageous" starting position on the track. The pole position is usually earned by the driver with the best qualifying times in the trials before the race. The number-one qualifying driver is also referred to as the pole-sitter. The pole position, pole sitter, starts the race "at the front of the starting grid. This provides the driver in the pole position the privilege of starting ahead of all the other drivers"

2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship

2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship

The 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship is a planned motor racing championship, set to be the 53rd racing season sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association, which traces its lineage back to the 1971 IMSA GT Championship. It will also be the tenth season of the IMSA SportsCar Championship since the merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2014, and the eighth under the sponsorship of WeatherTech. The 2023 season marks an overhaul season for the championship, with a change in class structure and a new race on the season calendar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The championship will begin with the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 28 and conclude with the Petit Le Mans on October 14 after 11 races.

Meyer Shank Racing

Meyer Shank Racing

Meyer Shank Racing is an American auto racing organization that competes in the IndyCar Series and IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and in Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as an official language. It is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world, and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

France

France

France, officially the French Republic, is a country primarily located in Western Europe. It also includes overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, giving it one of the largest discontiguous exclusive economic zones in the world. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain 68 million people.

Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud is a French professional racing driver. He is contracted to drive the No. 60 Honda for Meyer Shank Racing in the IndyCar Series. After a successful career in sports car racing that saw him taking the top class championship title in the 2010 American Le Mans Series, he moved to the Indycar Series where he became the 2016 IndyCar champion and the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner, becoming the first French driver to win the Indianapolis 500 since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920 and the first polesitter to have won the race since Helio Castroneves in 2009. Pagenaud has a Jack Russell Terrier named Norman who accompanies the racer to many of his races. Norman is also active on social media.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a country in Europe, off the north-western coast of the continental mainland. It comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands within the British Isles. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland; otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. The total area of the United Kingdom is 242,495 square kilometres (93,628 sq mi), with an estimated 2020 population of more than 67 million people.

Tom Blomqvist

Tom Blomqvist

Tom Leonard Blomqvist is a New Zealand-based, Britain-born Swedish professional racing driver, and BMW Motorsport works driver, currently racing in the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship with Meyer Shank Racing. Blomqvist won the 2022 24 Hours of Daytona with Meyer Shank. He is the son of 1984 Swedish World Rally Champion, Stig Blomqvist, and raced under a Swedish racing licence until March 2010.

Colin Braun

Colin Braun

Colin Braun is an American racing driver. He is the 2014 and 2015 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge Champion and currently drives the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 for Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes AMG-GT3 in the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Series. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2023 24 Hours of Daytona

2023 24 Hours of Daytona

The 2023 24 Hours of Daytona is an endurance sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The event will be held at Daytona International Speedway combined road course in Daytona Beach, Florida, on January 28–29, 2023. This event is to be the 61st running of the 24 Hours of Daytona since its inception in 1962, and the first of 11 races across multiple classes in the 2023 IMSA SportsCar Championship, as well as the first of four rounds in the 2023 Michelin Endurance Cup.

Road America

Road America

Road America is a motorsport road course located near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States on Wisconsin Highway 67. It has hosted races since the 1950s and currently hosts races in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IndyCar Series, SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, ASRA, AMA Superbike series, and SCCA Pro Racing's Trans-Am Series. NASCAR will replace Road America with street racing through Downtown Chicago starting in 2023.

Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport is an auto racing team that competes in the IndyCar Series, Indy NXT, IMSA, and Formula E. The team also has a 37.5% ownership stake in the Australian Supercars Championship touring car team, Walkinshaw Andretti United and a stake in the Extreme E team, Andretti United. It is headed and owned by former CART series champion Michael Andretti.

Source: "Acura ARX-06", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura_ARX-06.

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References
  1. ^ "Acura Unveils All-New Electrified ARX-06 Race Car". PR Newswire. August 17, 2022. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Honda Racing/HPD (January 25, 2023). "ARX-06 The Origin Story". Retrieved January 26, 2023 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Perkins, Chris (July 19, 2022). "Here's Our Best Look Yet at the Acura ARX-06 LMDh Car". Road & Track. Online. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  4. ^ Thurkal, Rachit (July 20, 2022). "Acura completes first full test with 2023 ARX-06 LMDh car". motorsport.com. Retrieved July 22, 2022.
  5. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (July 21, 2022). "2023 Acura ARX-06 LMDh race car completes first test". MotorAuthority. Retrieved July 22, 2022.

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