Honda will campaign an all-electric, NSX-inspired EV Concept in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The EV Concept features a further evolution of the experimental, all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.
The concept will be piloted by Tetsuya Yamano, who campaigned last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototype to its class win. The powertrain produces three times the total system output of last year’s electric prototype and is mated to the NSX body.
“We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly,” said Tetsuya Yamano. “We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year, an event respected by racing fans all over the world.”
Honda R&D has been developing “super handling” technology for more than 20 years in the pursuit of ideal vehicle handling. By applying separate Twin Motor Units (TMUs), the brains of Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, on each axle, Acura has achieved independent torque distribution to all four corners, true four-wheel torque vectoring. Based upon the learnings from last year’s race, the team updated the system management of the powertrain for more precise thrust at each wheel.
Acura’s unique Sport Hybrid SH-AWD technology utilizes the highly responsive acceleration characteristics and regeneration capability of electric motors to further advance the torque vectoring systems currently applied to NSX. The system enables ideal handling characteristics in various driving situations by coordinating and managing all dynamic systems, including Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD.
With its high-output electric motors and 4-motor torque vectoring, the Concept is well suited to the demands of the 156 complex corners the driver will encounter on the drive up Pikes Peak.
The Broadmoor PPIHC recognizes the future of electric technology in the automotive industry and Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain as the ultimate proving ground to test and display its capabilities. While internal combustion engines gradually lose power as they near the Summit due to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes, these Electric Vehicles (EVs) racers maintain the same amount of power at 14,115 feet as they do at sea-level. In an effort to allow EV constructors to showcase the engineering excellence of these truly unique vehicles there are 2 classes within the Electric Division.
2016 Pikes Peak
This edition’s Pikes Peak features 4-wheeled divisions: Electric Car division (modified and production classes), Challenge Car division (Open wheel class, Open class, Vintage/Truck and Exhibition class), Time Attack division and Unlimited division. Two-wheeled division are also included with several interesting classes to root for.