Following an preliminary shakedown at Le Castellet earlier final week, the Oreca LMP2-based contender was pushed extensively across the former French Grand Prix venue throughout each daytime and throughout the night time on 16-17 July, with the Honda marque declaring it was “happy” with the operating.
Each Wayne Taylor Racing driver Ricky Taylor and Honda Efficiency engineer/driver Matt McMurry have been once more known as to check the successor to the title-winning ARX-05, having additionally shaken down the automotive on Friday at Paul Ricard.
The pictures launched by Acura mark the primary time the front-end of the automotive has been proven to public, having been cleverly hidden from sight in a teaser video revealed final weekend.
The hybrid-powered ARX-06 will go up towards new LMDh automobiles from Cadillac, Porsche and BMW amongst others in IMSA’s new-for-2023 GTP class, and also will be eligible to compete within the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship towards the collection’ personal LMH equipment.
Acura’s IMSA assault will once more be fronted by Meyer Shank Racing and WTR, which at present sit first and second within the DPi standings respectively with simply the Highway America and Petit Le Mans occasions but to run.
“In fact, it’s nonetheless early days, however I must say we’re fairly happy with the outcomes of each the preliminary shake-down runs final week at Paul Ricard; adopted by two days this weekend, which bumped into the night time each on Saturday and Sunday,” stated David Salters, HPD President and Technical Director.
“Everybody on our crew from Oreca, HPD, the Wayne Taylor and Meyer Shank organizations – labored collectively terribly effectively in making ready for and conducting these preliminary runs. Now the really arduous work begins.”
Cadillac completes joint first take a look at with Porsche
Photograph by: Cadillac Communications
In the meantime, Acura’s present IMSA rival Cadillac additionally accomplished its first full take a look at with its yet-to-be-named LMDh automotive at Sebring Worldwide Raceway following a profitable shakedown at an undisclosed venue earlier this month.
Sharing the observe with the brand new Porsche 963 in what was the primary group session between two or extra LMDh producers, Cadillac accomplished 5 days of intensive operating with its V8-powered hybrid racer.
Chip Ganassi driver Earl Bamber, who was the primary to drive the automotive throughout the shakedown, was joined within the five-day take a look at by fellow Cadillac drivers Sebastien Bourdas, Renger van der Zande and Alex Lynn.
Bourdais, who’s at present the highest Cadillac driver within the DPi standings together with van der Zande within the #01 Ganassi automotive, stated: “Discovering the brand new Cadillac LMDh at Sebring was a really thrilling expertise.
“The automotive isn’t solely lovely but additionally a ton of enjoyable to drive. It’s nonetheless early days and we now have not targeted on the setup work, however the base is already very strong and I am unable to wait to get behind the wheel once more quickly.”
Cadillac Racing assistant program supervisor Kalvin Parker defined that the aim of holding a joint session with Porsche was to assist assess the brand new spec hybrid unit developed by Williams Superior Engineering, Bosch and Xtrac that will likely be a spec element on all LMDh automobiles.
“The collaboration between OEs on the spec hybrid system growth has been unbelievable and has enabled a extra environment friendly timeline for subject identification and determination,” Klauser defined.
“It is nice to work intently with these we compete towards as a result of all of us need to make certain the spec components are good to go and we are able to race it out on the observe.”
Cadillac may also contest WEC’s Hypercar class subsequent season whereas persevering with its manufacturing facility programme in IMSA with Ganassi and Action Express Racing.
JDC-Miller MotorSports, which at present fields the Cadillac DPi-V.R in IMSA, will swap over to a buyer Porsche 963 subsequent yr.