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Acura ILX gets racing and street special editions

Acura ILX gets racing and stre...
The ILX Endurance Racer gets tuned for racing
The ILX Endurance Racer gets tuned for racing
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Acura ILX Street Build
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Acura ILX Street Build
The Street Build includes a prototype exhaust from Greddy
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The Street Build includes a prototype exhaust from Greddy
The Street Build gets an Acura aerodynamics kit
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The Street Build gets an Acura aerodynamics kit
19-inch Volk wheels
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19-inch Volk wheels
A CT Engineering supercharger and ECU tune add horses
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A CT Engineering supercharger and ECU tune add horses
A CT Engineering supercharger and ECU tune add horses
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A CT Engineering supercharger and ECU tune add horses
The Acura ILX Street Build was designed by Evasive Motorsports
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The Acura ILX Street Build was designed by Evasive Motorsports
The aero kit includes a front underbody spoiler
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The aero kit includes a front underbody spoiler
The aero kit includes a front underbody spoiler
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The aero kit includes a front underbody spoiler
Another look for the ILX Street Build
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Another look for the ILX Street Build
The Street Build is based on the ILX six-speed manual with Premium Package
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The Street Build is based on the ILX six-speed manual with Premium Package
The ILX Endurance Racer gets tuned for racing
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The ILX Endurance Racer gets tuned for racing
The Endurance Racer has a custom exhaust
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The Endurance Racer has a custom exhaust
The Endurance Racer packs a large rear spoiler
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The Endurance Racer packs a large rear spoiler
Enkei RPF1 wheels
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Enkei RPF1 wheels
The ILX Endurance Racer was built to the National Auto Sport Association's Touring Car specifications
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The ILX Endurance Racer was built to the National Auto Sport Association's Touring Car specifications
The ILX Endurance Racer will debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race
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The ILX Endurance Racer will debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race
An AEM intake upgrades the engine
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An AEM intake upgrades the engine
The Endurance Racer packs a large rear spoiler
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The Endurance Racer packs a large rear spoiler
A Bride Gardis III race seat cradles the racer
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A Bride Gardis III race seat cradles the racer
The driver wraps his hands around an OMP competition steering wheel
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The driver wraps his hands around an OMP competition steering wheel
The ILX Endurance Racer was designed by Team Honda Research-West
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The ILX Endurance Racer was designed by Team Honda Research-West
The stripped-down, race-ready interior
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The stripped-down, race-ready interior
The interior includes a Schroth safety harness
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The interior includes a Schroth safety harness

The 2013 ILX sedan has developed a bit of a chip on its shoulder ... Acura recently showed its entry-level four-door in two powerful tunes for its first trip to the SEMA Show in more than half a decade. Both tunes juice and streamline the ILX, one for endurance racing and one for the street.

The ILX Endurance Racer was prepared by Team Honda Research-West to meet the U.S. Touring Car specifications of the National Auto Sport Association (that's a different NASA than the one we're used to). The THR-W team focused mostly on cutting weight while also upgrading the car's safety, performance and aerodynamics.

The Endurance Racer is upgraded with an AEM cold air intake, an HPD-lightened flywheel and racing clutch package, a custom-built racing exhaust, H&R suspension, and Enkei RPF1 wheels dressed in BFGoodrich R1 race tires, among other parts. It also includes a full roll cage, race seat, competition steering wheel, LED lighting system and rear spoiler.

The ILX will make its racing debut at next month's 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.

The Acura ILX Street Build was designed by Evasive Motorsports
The Acura ILX Street Build was designed by Evasive Motorsports

Moving off the race circuit and onto the street, the 2013 ILX "Street Build" is designed to navigate neighborhood and highway with a bit more performance and flair.

The tune was performed by Evasive Motorsports. With the help of an ECU tune, a CT Engineering supercharger kit lets 250 horses out of their 2.4-liter four-cylinder stable. A prototype exhaust from Greddy gives the car the appropriate grumble. The aero-upgraded body sits on top of 19-inch Volk G25 wheels suspended by Tein Street Advance coilovers and covered in Pirelli P Zero tires.

Source: Honda News

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