Acura will partner with French chassis manufacturer ORECA to build its LMDh prototype, which will be raced by Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing.
The new car will be called the ARX-06, which will be the manufacturer’s sixth-generation prototype racer. It will debut in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2023.
Acura already collaborated with ORECA for the ARX-05, which took two IMSA championships with Team Penske in 2019 and 2020 and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this year with WTR.
“It is a pleasure to announce we will continue our association with ORECA into the new, electrified LMDh era,” said David Salters, president and technical director of Honda Performance Development.
“We’ve enjoyed a very successful partnership with ORECA in the current Acura ARX-05 program, including winning the IMSA DPi Manufacturers’ Championship in both 2019 and 2020; and IMSA’s Michelin Endurance this season.”
Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing will continue to operate Acura’s top prototype offering into 2023 and beyond. In its first season with the car, the two teams scored the manufacturer title in the Michelin Endurance Cup with victories and podium finishes in each of the major endurance races.
“We expect the technical challenges of LMDh to be great, and competition among all of the manufacturers and teams to be intense,” Salters concluded. “But that’s why Acura and HPD are involved in motorsport.
“Together with ORECA and our excellent partner teams, we’re truly excited to be a part of IMSA at the dawn of the LMDh era.”