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RealTime to race new Acura TLX in 2014 season (VIDEO)

Jan 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Seven-time Pirelli World Challenge champion Peter Cunningham and his RealTime Racing squad are set to go for this year’s GT championship in the new Acura TLX GT.

The announcement was made as part of today’s unveiling of the 2015 TLX Prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (skip to 14:00 in the video above to see the reveal of the RealTime TLX GT).

Last year, RealTime competed in the series’ GTS category, with Cunningham and teammate Nick Esayian finishing fifth and eighth respectively in the drivers’ championship while racing the Acura TSX.

Acura itself finished third in the class manufacturers’ race behind Chevrolet and Kia, but is now focusing in on GT for the first time since 2002, when RealTime ran an Acura NSX.

Team-wise, RealTime has six years of GT experience, with one championship for Cunningham in 1997 and a pair of runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2002.

“The Pirelli World Challenge GT class is at its pinnacle of competitiveness right now, but the Acura TLX is up to the task,” Cunningham said in a statement. “In 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we’ve shown that we know what it takes to win.

“We won Acura’s first Manufacturers’ Championship in 1998 with the Integra Type R, and most recently, its 10th title in 2012 with the TSX. Our team is dedicated to continuing this winning tradition with the TLX.”

RealTime’s new machine will feature a chassis from Honda Performance Development with enhanced aerodynamic performance parts, as well as a twin-turbo V6 engine developed from the TLX production model. And like that production model, the TLX GT will also have all-wheel drive at its disposal.

  1. testover6370 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Cadillac CTS-V, Audi R8, Ferrari 458, Mercedes SLS, Porsche 911, Nissan GTR, McLaren MP4-12C, Chevrolet Corvette, Acura TLX. One of these things is not like the others…

    • testover6370 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Anyone who thumbed this down care to tell me how I’m wrong? I didn’t say this car shouldn’t be there, just that it is a radical departure from the competition (which I think is a positive of PWC. I’m glad something with AWD is filling the S60’s void and proving that allowing different drivetrain configurations is just fine in racing)

    • lowboytrucking - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      How dare you have a sense of humor! Don’t you know how devastating that is to the real world!

  2. testover6370 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    I would, however, prefer to see the new NSX in GT, and the TLX in GTS. Sorry about the multiple posts. Wish there was an edit button.

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