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Unveiled today, the RealTime #racing liveries in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge will feature an exciting combination of the team's traditional blue, white and orange colors for the team's pair of cars – including RTR's signature "squircles" – in a mirror-image pattern common to both #acura Motorsports #nsxgt3 #racing efforts this year.
The work of #acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek – who was also responsible for the striking liveries on the #acura NSX GT3s being campaigned by Michael Shank #racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Acuras are an updated take on the iconic RealTime #racing design first seen on the #acura TLX GT.
Three-time Pirelli World Challenge race winner #ryaneversley returns to RTR at the wheel of the 43 #acura #nsxgt3, which will feature a white nose, transitioning through shades of grey to dark blue at the rear.
Joining the team full-time in 2017 will be Dutch #racing veteran #peterkox, the original development driver for the #acura #nsxgt3. His 93 entry will feature a reverse color pattern, with a dark blue nose leading to white at the back of the car.
Both cars will feature the RTR "squircles" – orange, blue and grey ovals scattered throughout the bodywork, first featured on the team's #acura TLX GTs from 2014-16. Splashes of orange, a feature of all #acura Motorsports #racing machines since the 1990s, complete the livery.
"Our fans greeted the Michael Shank #racing #acura NSX GT3s with great enthusiasm, and we think they'll be equally thrilled with both the looks and performance of the RealTime #racing cars in this year's Pirelli World Challenge," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, which includes the #acura Motorsports efforts. "Now we have two iconic liveries in two series representing #acura Precision Crafted Performance. We look forward to building on our history of success with RealTime #racing in 2017, and building on our strong start in IMSA with Michael Shank #racing."
Added to the RealTime driving lineup for the Sprint-X rounds will be #acura #nsxgt3 endurance racers Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer. The pair will combine its RTR duties in the longer-distance Pirelli World Challenge races with the North American Endurance Championship rounds of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, driving for the Michael Shank #racing team.
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge opens March 10-12 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, scene of Eversley's debut GT win for #acura in 2015.
About the #acura NSX
Created to bring a new sports experience to the supercar segment, the next-generation #acura NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as the first generation NSX did a quarter century ago, the 2017 NSX breaks the mold through a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ power unit, a multi-material body structure, advanced aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports performance driving on every level without sacrificing comfort. The 2017 #acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. with production exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio i.
Acura is a leading #automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, #acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The #acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger #acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, #acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of #acura Precision Crafted Performance.
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