HPD ARX-03

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HPD ARX-03a/b/c
2013 HPD ARX 03c-Honda.JPG
Category Le Mans Prototype LMP1 and LMP2
Constructor Honda Performance Development
Predecessor Acura ARX-01, Acura ARX-02
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone with adjustable toe, camber, ride heights. Four-way damber units with separate coil springs, pushrods with anti-roll bars
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone with adjustable toe, camber, ride heights. Four-way damber units with separate coil springs, pushrods with anti-roll bars
Width 2000 mm
Height 1030 mm
Engine 03a/c: Honda AR6-LMV8 3.4 litre naturally aspirated V8
03b: Honda HR28TT 2.8 litre V6 turbocharged
Transmission HPD-Hewland 6 sequential with manual paddle-operated selection
Weight 900 kg
Fuel IMSA: VP MS100 E10, 100-octane gasoline + 10% ethanol
WEC:Shell LM24 E10, 101-octane gasoline + 10% ethanol
Tyres Michelin
Dunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants United States Muscle Milk Pickett Racing
United Kingdom JRM
United Kingdom Strakka Racing
United States Starworks Motorsport
United States Level 5 Motorsports
United States Extreme Speed Motorsports
Debut 2012 12 Hours of Sebring
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
40 34
Teams' Championships 4 2012 ALMS P2
2013 ALMS P2
2012 ALMS P1
2013 ALMS P1
Constructors' Championships 4 2012 ALMS P2
2013 ALMS P2
2012 ALMS P1
2013 ALMS P1
Drivers' Championships 4 2012 ALMS P2
2013 ALMS P2
2012 ALMS P1
2013 ALMS P1

The HPD ARX-03a, ARX-03b, and ARX-03c are Le Mans Prototypes race cars developed by Honda Performance Development in 2012. The 03a model utilizes a Honda V8 engine for use in the LMP1 category, while the 03b uses a turbocharged V6 engine for the LMP2 category. Three teams have already announced their use of the ARX-03 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series, as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing have purchased an 03a for use in the American Le Mans Series,[1] joined by two 03bs for Level 5 Motorsports.[2] In the FIA World Endurance Championship, Strakka Racing and JRM Racing will campaign a single 03a each,[3] joined by a single-car 03b entry by Starworks Motorsport in LMP2.

Racing History[edit]

2012[edit]

The HPD ARX-03 made its racing debut at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring. The race would be the opening round of both the American Le Mans Series and the brand new FIA World Endurance Championship seasons. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing campaign a brand new ARX-03a LMP1 car, while Level 5 Motorsports campaigned two LMP2 ARX-03bs in the American Le Mans Series. After some bad luck with a fueling hose at Sebring, the Muscle Milk team went on to win the next five races in a row as well as another win at Virginia International Raceway. At the seasons final race, Petit Le Mans, Lucas Luhr was hit by a GTC class Porsche. Despite repairs needed during the race, the team was able to complete 70% of the race in order to win points. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won both the LMP1 drivers and team championships with just 5 points over their main rivals, Dyson Racing. The Level 5 Motorsports team took first in class at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and went on to win 7 of the next 9 races, losing only at Mosport and Road America to their main rivals, Conquest Endurance. The team was able to secure the LMP2 Teams' Championship and Drivers' Championships.

Strakka Racing, JRM and Starworks Motorsport would contest the first series of the brand new FIA World Endurance Championship. The Starworks team would claim three class victories including the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and claim the LMP2 trophy with their HPD ARX-03b. Strakka Racing and JRM, competing with ARX-03a's, would finish second and third in the LMP1 Privateer Trophy behind the Swiss Rebellion Racing squad with Strakka racing claiming just one class victory.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muscle Milk Pickett Racing turns to HPD for ALMS assault". americanlemans.com. American Le Mans Series. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ Mercier, Laurent (2011-12-26). "Le premier équipage Level 5 Motorsports connu...". endurance-info.com (in French). Endurance-Info. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Strakka Racing to enter WEC with new HPD ARX-03a". planetlemans.com. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

External links[edit]

  • HPD ARX-03a - Racecar Engineering, HPD ARX-03a, 14 March 2012