NAIAS 2014 Unveiled: Acura TLX GT Race Car

The cover finally came off the highly anticipated 2015 Acura TLX prototype on Jan. 14 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. While the TLX’s debut was not a surprise, as it has been anticipated for the better part of a year, Acura did add a twist to its press conference at the Cobo Center in Detroit by also revealing the new 2015 TLX GT Race Car.

Acura TLX GT Race Car
The 2015 TLX GT Race Car features an even more sporty body than the aerodynamic sport sedan on which it is based. As it is fit for the racetrack, the TLX’s race-car sibling features a much wider stance thanks to extended front and rear fenders, sports a racing wing, and is lower to the ground. Naturally, it’s also fit with larger racing wheels and tires.

Just as with the 2015 TLX Prototype, no power specifications were released for the TLX GT Race Car. However, Acura did say that the race car will run on a twin-turbo version of its signature 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which will feature many additional racing modifications that could change the displacement.

While the production model of the 2015 TLX is expected to hit Acura showrooms in the second half of 2014, the newly revealed Acura TLX GT Race Car will make its debut before that in the GT Class of the Pirelli World Challenge racing series.

The inaugural Acura TLX GT Race Car will be piloted by RealTime Racing driver Peter Cunningham, who has a longstanding relationship with Acura. Cunningham has the most wins out of any driver in the history of World Challenge racing series, which was started in 1990 by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

Most recently, Cunningham won the 2013 championship driving the Touring version of the TSX. Cunningham and RealTime Racing have also driven GT versions of the Acura NSX, RSX and Integra.