Acura TLX Sets Record at 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Acura TLX GT has set a new course record up the demanding Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Acura and its TLX GT racecar took first place in Open Class and Exhibition Class and third place in Time Attack 1 Class. The Acura TLX GT, driven by longtime Acura driver Peter Cunningham, set a new Open Class record with a time of 9:33.797, finishing second overall and earning the Cunningham “Rookie of the Year” honors.

Acura also brought a 500 horsepower version of its TLX A-Spec to Pikes Peak, capturing an Exhibition Class win with a time of 11:03.655. The automaker also returned to the annual time trial race with its production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications and returned to the podium with a third place finish after turning in a time of 10:03.433.

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This year is the sixth consecutive year Acura has participated in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a factory-backed effort.

“Just an incredible month of June was had by RealTime Racing in Colorado,” Cunningham said after his winning run. “Today’s result on the hill is the culmination of a ton of hard work by my team and the Honda Performance Development group. The No. 42 Acura TLX GT achieved 100 percent reliability and great speed, including the time that mattered today on our one 12.42-mile run from the 9,390-foot start line to the 14,115-foot summit.”

“Congratulations to my Acura teammates Nick Robinson, securing the Exhibition Class title, and James Robinson, bringing home a podium in his Time Attack 1 NSX,” continued Cunningham. “A fantastic day for Acura at Pikes Peak!”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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