More Power for the APD Acura TSX K24 A2 Engine!
By Jonathan Donner
In the continuing development of the HPD sponsored, APD Motorsports Acura we will focus on the next stage of engine development of the car.
At the APD Acura’s first outing in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships the car proved to be very capable with the team putting the car on the podium in 3rd place behind Mike Kojima and Dai Yoshihara’s Nissan Sentras. Mike and Dai’s cars are extremely well prepared and though the Acura gave them a good fight throughout the race, the team found that the Kojima built Sentra’s with lighter weight had a distinct advantage in torque from mid corner to corner exit and were better able to take advantage of this torque delivery and weight in 3rd and 4th gears.
The Acura, a substantially heavier car, had better high end horsepower and a better suited 5th gear ratio for the long banking at California Speedway. Ultimately this made the car faster than the Sentras on the banking but had it falling short when Yoshihara and then Kojima were able to get their noses in on the tighter infield road course corners.
To solve this torque problem and attempt to even the performance playing field for the next Pacific Tuner Car Championships race APD began with the next stage of powertrain development designed to increase the K24A2 motor’s torque and power production throughout the rpm range.
|Will the APD Acura be able to run down Team MotoIQ’s Nissans? With a lot more power it will sure be a closer race!|
|Before this round of mods, the APD Acura TSX was still faster down the straights than the much lighter and more nimble Nissans. With even more power and torque, it’s going to be hard for Team MotoIQ to keep up.|