4 May 2014
Extreme Speed to run first closed HPD prototypes
Extreme Speed Motorsport has agreed to take delivery of two of the new HPD ARX-04b chassis to race in 2015.
Honda Performance Development has revealed that the first two HPD ARX-04b Honda coupes to Extreme Speed Motorsports in an ambitious 2015 programme that may yet include the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The ARX-04b is fully compliant with the latest ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The new
design is eligible for competition in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series.
“Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patrón are very excited to continue our
relationship with Honda and HPD with the new 2015 ARX-04b coupe,” owner/driver Scott Sharp said, “It is hard to believe that the current HPD base race car is now seven years old and still running strong; that is a testament to its excellent design. The next generation of the ARX chassis has been well thought out with a huge emphasis on performance, safety and aerodynamics.
“We firmly believe this new racing machine will provide ESM with a strong
platform to be a leader in sports car racing for many seasons! We're looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the ARX-04b and experiencing the latest version of Honda power and performance.”
Powered by the production-based Honda HR28TT twin turbocharged V6 engine,
the new ARX-04b utilises the latest in closed-cockpit prototype technology developed by HPD and Wirth Research. The pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in IndyCar, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 privateer class victories at Le Mans.
The proven 2.8-litre twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT
V6 powerplant, developed from the 'J35' family of V6 engines found in several Honda and Acura passenger vehicles, now includes a regulation compliant drive-by-wire throttle system and turbo fresh air valve system, eliminating turbo lag and providing improved reliability and performance.
Founded in 2010, Extreme Speed Motorsports will enter its sixth season at the
start of 2015. Led by Sharp, the team's driver roster includes Ed Brown, Ryan Dalziel and Johannes van Overbeek. ESM is slated to compete in the 2015 TUDOR United
SportsCar Championship, and is considering making its first attempt on the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“We are very pleased that Extreme Speed Motorsports has chosen our new HPD
ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe for their 2015 racing programme,” Steve Eriksen, vice-president and COO of HPD, admitted, “Our association with Scott, Ed and Tequila Patrón goes back to 2008 with our ARX-01 chassis. We're looking forward to continuing our successful partnership and assisting ESM when it makes its first run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where HPD has twice scored LMP2 class wins in the last four years.”
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