Acura NSX Sets Track Record in Long Beach

Perhaps it is home track advantage. Or the paint.

By Gary S. Vasilash

A 2022 Acura NSX Type S, driven by Ricky Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing, who happens to drive an Acura in IMSA racing, set a record for a production car on the street course in Long Beach, California, which happens to be the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit.

He lapped the two-mile course in 1:32:784, besting the 2019 record time set by Peter Cunningham of 1:35:663. Cunningham also drove an Acura.

Ricky Taylor setting a record on the streets of Long Beach in an Acura NSX Type S. (Image: Acura)

The car that Taylor drove—realize that this is a car that you can get at your local Acura dealer—produces 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque.

And it is a hybrid. (Makes you rethink the econo-characteristics of hybrid powertrains, eh?)

It is worth noting that they’re going to produce a total of 350 Type S models this, the NSX’s final year, of which 300 will be available in the U.S.

So maybe you should head on down to your dealer at Ricky Taylor speed.

One more thing about the record-setting car: the color it is painted is Long Beach Blue Pearl.

Coincidence?

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