A premium and US subsidiary of Honda, Acura has announced its intention to design a prototype that meets the new regulations for 2023, having dominated the IMSA championship for the past two years. In its press release, the manufacturer specifies a presence in the American Endurance Championship, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This will therefore be the heart of the program, in continuity, unlike the two other known arrivals, Porsche and Audi, who first highlighted a commitment to WEC.
“All of us at IMSA are excited about the response to the LMDh concept and global convergence”, says John Doonan, President of IMSA. “Given the commitments already announced and the number of manufacturers who continue to study LMDh as a marketing and technology platform, there is tremendous momentum for the future of our sport. Our loyal fans around the world are going to be in for a treat.”
“Acura has an exceptional track record in prototype sport, which I have enjoyed as a fan when I was young and as a competitor in recent years. On behalf of IMSA, I am proud to continue working with Acura , as we work collectively to build our discipline. “
Acura has not provided specifics on its future collaboration with either team, as the automaker is currently linked with Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing structures for the operation of the ARX-05 prototypes in the DPi category across the Atlantic.
Presented a year ago to become the common platform for the IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the LMDh will make it possible to design a prototype that can enter both the American championship and the FIA World Championship. WEC. The LMDh will be based on a chassis that must be supplied by one of the four manufacturers selected (Oreca, Dallara, Ligier or Multimatic), around which a brand can affix its stylistic codes. The hybrid system will be standard and supplied by Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac.
If Acura only talks about the IMSA in its press release, on a technical level, its prototype will be eligible for WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, just as future machines from Audi and Porsche will be in the United States.