Excitement was in the air when Acura unveiled its latest automotive marvel, the Integra Type S DE5, a touring car that promised to dominate the tracks with its impressive 360 horsepower. Priced at $125,000, the vehicle was eagerly anticipated, but its presence in the market was as fleeting as lightning.
Acura, upholding Honda’s tradition of offering factory-made touring cars, introduced the Integra Type S DE5 as the newest addition to its high-performance vehicle lineup. Targeted at teams planning to compete in the TCX class of the SRO TC America Championship, and potentially in the Sports Car Championship Canada pending approval, the Integra DE5 had all the ingredients to shine on the race tracks.
Manufactured by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the North American performance arm of Honda, the Integra DE5 followed in the footsteps of other notable factory-made grand touring race cars produced by the same entity. In previous years, HPD had impressed enthusiasts with racing versions of the 10th generation Civic Si and Type R, as well as the current 11th generation Civic Si, known as Si FE1.
However, fans’ excitement was quickly replaced by disappointment when the news spread: the Integra Type S DE5 was completely sold out. The overwhelming success of the vehicle in sales demonstrated the high demand for factory-made touring cars with the Acura seal of quality.
Although the opportunity to acquire this automotive icon slipped through the hands of speed and elegance seekers, Acura has left an indelible mark on the world of touring car racing. Now, enthusiasts eagerly await the next chapter in Acura’s thrilling automotive saga, hoping that future releases will continue to surprise and excite speed
Text credits:By Journalist Flávio Bergmann
photomontage: by Vinícius Pascoal