Acura sets production car lap record at Long Beach by Ben Hsu
The NSX takes the 2-mile street circuit in under 1 minute, 36 seconds.
The Acura has set a production car record at the Long Beach Grand Prix, with its NSX supercar.
The fastest lap was established on Friday, April 12, on the Long Beach, California, when the NSX rounded the 1.968-mile road course in 1 minute, 35.663 seconds. Setting the record was Peter Cunningham, founder of RealTime Racing, whose history of successfully campaigning Honda and Acura race cars spans decades. According to Acura, the NSX was completely stock and wore street tires.
The 2019 NSX used for the record lap features several improvements over the 2018 model, including stiffer sway bars, Continental SportContact 6 tires, and new ECU software mapping. Though the 2018 NSX wasn't driven on the Long Beach circuit, Testing in Japan between the two model years yielded a 2-second faster lap on Suzuka Circuit.
2019 also marks the first year of Acura's sponsorship with the Grand Prix of Long Beach, one of just two remaining races held on public street courses in the US. Acura takes over Toyota's 44-year sponsorship of the event. Toyota, however, has never used the opportunity to attempt a production car record of their own.
Cunningham's RealTime Racing team has achieved 92 World Challenge wins, and will also campaign an NSX GT3 for the upcoming season. You can watch Cunningham tear through the Long Beach streets in the video below: