The American based Honda Performance Development responded to the call and with the assistance of long-term accomplice Wirth Research made the ARX-01e. This advancement was tragically just dashed once by Highcroft Finishing so as to race yet instantly demonstrated its potential a shockingly close second at Sebring. Restricted financing averted further excursions and all other HPD clients rather selected to run the recently created LMP2 adaptation of the ARX-01.
Having depended on existing case assembled numerous years before by ATR for Courage, HPD chose to begin off the 2012 season with a perfect sheet. Albeit still in light of the attempted and trusted configuration, new carbon-fiber monocoques were built, named ARX-03a (LMP1) and ARX-03b (LMP2). A large portion of the progressions to the body concentrated on migrating the suspension mounting focuses to better suit the most recent tire improvements.
The suspension itself is entirely traditional with twofold wishbones and push-bar incited dampers and curl springs on each of the four corners. Another commonplace part is the 3.4 liter V8 complete with direct infusion for better execution and mileage. Albeit no execution figures have been discharged, it is trusted the actually suctioned motor produces more than 500 bhp. This is mated to a HPD changed Hewland six-speed consecutive gearbox.
No less than three groups selected to run the ARX-03a in 2012 with Muscle Milk Picket Racing contending in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), while Strakka Racing and JRM picking to handle the LMP1 HPD in the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Muscle Milk demonstrated best, scoring a few by and large triumphs and guaranteeing the ALMS title. Confronting much more grounded restriction the pair of WEC contestants just figured out how to get on the platform once.
In front of the 2013 season, HPD and Wirth Research further added to the LMP1 variation of the ARX-03. Contrasted with the active form the modified ARX-03c now brags full width front wheels likewise requiring updated front bumpers and fog light units. No new skeleton were built with both Strakka Racing and Muscle Milk Picket Racing redesigning their autos in like manner for full season programs in the WEC and ALMS separately.
Muscle Milk Picket Racing commenced the year with a fourth at Sebring and took the ARX-03c’s first win in the accompanying round at Long Beach. Strakka Racing had a more troublesome begin of the year with a seventh in cycle two of the WEC as the best result. While in the United States, Muscle Milk Picket Racing proceeded with their triumphant ways, Strakka Racing finished their auto’s vocation at a high with a fine 6th and best privateer at Le Mans.
|Configuration||AR6-LM 90º V8|
|Location||Mid, longitudinally mounted|
|Construction||aluminium block and head|
|Displacement||3,397 cc / 207.3 cu in|
|Bore / Stroke||93.0 mm (3.7 in) / 62.5 mm (2.5 in)|
|Valvetrain||4 valves / cylinder, DOHC|
|Fuel feed||Direct Fuel Injection|
|Power||500 bhp / 373 KW|
|BHP/Liter||147 bhp / liter|
|Gearbox||6 speed Sequential|
|Drive||Rear wheel drive|
|Weight||900 kilo / 1,984 lbs|
|Power to weight||0.56 bhp / kg|
Honda HPD ARX-03 2012 Design Interior Exterior