Available for Purchase: A Champion Acura Daytona Prototype Race Car

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By Car Brand Experts

Looking for a remarkable gift for someone who seems to have everything? How about a remarkable race car? While it may seem like a cliché, the truth remains. If I were affluent and had all the luxuries – opulent residences, stylish helicopters, top-tier supercars, and extended holidays in the scenic South of France, it would indeed be hard to impress me with standard presents during the festive season. In such an improbable scenario, the only rational solution would involve my family gifting me a triumphant Acura ARX05 Daytona Prototype race car.

If the current state of affairs reflects your situation, an authentic model is currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer. This particular Oreca chassis and Honda powerplant were meticulously put together by Wayne Taylor Racing in December 2021 for the 2022 racing season, participating in a total of 10 races this year in IMSA’s DPi category. It competed under the No. 10, piloted by Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, and Brendon Hartley, clinching victories at Laguna Seca, Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, and Road America.

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Bolstering this car’s prestige, it also secured the pole position for the 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona, a remarkable achievement. However, it’s worth noting that it wasn’t this Acura that emerged victorious in the race; that distinction belongs to another Acura managed by Meyer Shank Racing. The No. 10 also claimed poles at Laguna Seca and Road America.

Under the substantial engine cover lies a 3.5-liter AR35 twin-turbo V6, paired with an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox operated through paddle shifters. These engines may exhibit various specifications depending on the tuning and preparation levels, but they generate approximately 600 horsepower, allowing for speeds exceeding 200 mph depending on aerodynamic configurations. Additionally, did I mention that it weighs merely around 2,000 pounds?

Equipped with a double-wishbone pushrod suspension for stability, the car features Brembo six-piston brake calipers paired with AP Racing carbon rotors for effective braking, housed behind 18-inch Rotiform forged aluminum wheels of varying widths. To ensure optimal functioning of all systems, Cosworth electronics and a McLaren ECU are integrated, while the driver operates the vehicle using an Oreca steering wheel with an inset MoTeC display. All of this rests on a carbon fiber monocoque homologated for IMSA, crafted by Oreca.

Noteworthy is the livery from the car’s final race at Petit Le Mans in September 2022, adding character to the prototype. While the team is not directly selling the car, it is being offered by Honda Performance Racing Development with a bill of sale from the State of Indiana.

The auction will conclude on December 22, with the current price standing at $175,000.

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