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Acura releases its new Integra.

why is it important

The car is largely unmodified, showing the car’s potential with just a few upgrades.

2022 marks Pikes Peak’s 100th race, this year officially called The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, presented by Gran Turismo. This bite describes the world’s most iconic and famous hill climb, and it’s no wonder the world’s top manufacturers are increasingly using this winding 12-mile, 156-turn road as an exhibition for their latest and best.

This year, Acura releases its new toy and, impressively, the company’s engineers more or less leave it alone. It’s a Integral 2023 with an unmodified engine, i.e. 1.5-liter turbocharged Torsion delivering 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. That comes only to the front wheels, upgraded 18×9-inch HRE units wrapped in Pirelli racing slicks. To deal with the extra grip, Honda Performance Development tweaked the suspension and front differential, along with better brakes at all four corners.

The interior of the Acura Integra Pikes Peak, showing an OMP steering wheel and seats, but otherwise mostly original.

New wheel and seats plus the required cage, but almost everything else here is left alone.

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The interior has also undergone some modifications, but is largely original. Yes, there is a required cage and harness-compatible racing seats up front, but otherwise the dash and everything else is intact. A black shift knob replaces the leather and aluminum unit you’ll see at the dealership, but the six-speed manual transmission is standard. Outside, the car is wrapped in a red, white and gray livery inspired by Parker Johnstone’s IMSA championship-winning Integra. Those victories came in 1987 and 1988, the first just a year after Acura launched in 1986.

Keeping the new Integra in good company will be a pair of TLX-Type S sedans and NSX-Type S coupes, plus a third NSX Type S for good measure, this one serving as the official race car for the event. The race will begin on June 26 and Acura engineer Paul Hubers will be the lucky one at the wheel.