Record Breaker: Long Beach Blue Acura NSX Type S Sets New Long Beach Production Car Lap Record
LONG BEACH, CALIF. September 27, 2021
- 2022 NSX Type S, the most powerful and best handling NSX ever, established a new lap record for a production vehicle on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit
- Nearly three seconds quicker, the record-breaking Long Beach Blue NSX Type S was driven by Acura race car driver and defending IMSA champion Ricky Taylor
The new 2022 Acura NSX Type S proved itself on California's iconic Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach street circuit yesterday, establishing a new production car course lap record of 1:32:784, nearly three seconds quicker than the previous best. Piloting the Long Beach Blue Pearl NSX Type S was Ricky Taylor, driver of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for Wayne Taylor Racing and two-time and defending IMSA prototype series champion. The historic run eclipsed the previous 2-mile course record of 1:35.663 set in 2019 by Sports Car Club of America Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham driving a production-spec 2019 NSX.
"Long Beach is such a fun track, but definitely challenging with so little margin for error," said Ricky Taylor after the record setting run. "Thankfully, the new Acura NSX Type S is not only crazy fast, it's also remarkably easy to control at the limit. It's a very special car and perfectly suited for a track like this."
2022 Acura NSX Type S
Delivering an even more emotional driving experience, the new 2022 Acura NSX Type S raises the already impressive performance of Acura's cutting-edge electrified supercar to new levels. Its enhanced twin-turbocharged V6 shares its turbos with the NSX GT3 Evo race car and the total output from the NSX's revolutionary three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® power unit has been increased to 600-horsepower and 492 lb.-ft. of torque.
Instantly recognizable by its new, more aggressive styling, NSX Type S is as purposeful as it is beautiful. A distinctive new front fascia with a wider air inlet increases engine cooling and an NSX GT3-insprired rear diffuser improves its aerodynamic performance. Every angle has been carefully crafted by designers and engineers working closely together to enhance the supercar's performance as well as create a distinct and dramatic design.
In celebration of the final year of NSX production, just 350 limited edition Type S models will be built, with 300 units destined for U.S. customers.
About Ricky Taylor
Two time and defending IMSA prototype champion Ricky Taylor is one of the most accomplished sports car racers in recent history. In 2020, driving for Acura Team Penske, Taylor scored five victories, four pole positions, five podiums and the 2020 drivers' title with co-driver Helio Castroneves. This year, Taylor returned to Acura Wayne Taylor Racing for his 14th IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Along with co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque, he currently leads the DPi Drivers' Championship with notable wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio and most recently, the Monterey Sports Car Championship at Laguna Seca.
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high-performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles, high-performance Type S variants and the electrified NSX supercar. All 2021 and newer Acura vehicles sold in America are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.