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Honda will arrive at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with guns blazing. The Japanese automaker will field seven entries—including cars, a motorcycle, and an ATV—for this year's event, and among that diverse lineup will be a first-generation Acura NSX.
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That NSX should look pretty cool slithering up the hill, and will help get fans excited for the impending launch of the all-new hybrid NSX. Honda last raced its flagship of yesterday at Pike Peak in 2012, using a car equipped with a twin-turbocharged V-6 from an LMP2 racer.
In addition to the NSX, Honda will field a diverse group of cars, including an Unlimited-class car and the S2000-based S3700 time-attack car, as well as two Fits: a gasoline-powered B Spec racer, and a Fit EV. They'll be joined by a Honda CBR600RR motorcycle and TRX450 ATV.
The strong showing isn't too surprising, given Honda's status as a corporate sponsor of Pikes Peak. The carmaker will also oversee the installation of AirFence safety barriers at key corners to improve safety. The barriers have air-filled bladders, softening the force of impact particularly for motorcycle riders, who are unprotected from collisions with solid objects.
This year marks the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak hill climb, which is the second-oldest motorsport event in the U.S., after the Indianapolis 500. The treacherous 12.42-mile course includes 156 turns and an elevation change of 4,720 feet. The finish line is at 14,110 feet—nearly 3 miles above sea level. It all goes down June 29.