Road and Track spoke with Acura boss Jon Ikeda and he told them that Acura wants to race the new Integra!

Though they might have to jump through some hoops to appease the folks at Honda.


R&T caught up with Ikeda at Honda's American headquarters before the Los Angeles Auto Show. He's a big motorsports enthusiast, and as part of his push to make Acura an exciting performance brand once again, he's embraced racing in a major way. Acura joined IMSA's DPi class in 2018, and the brand is committed to building an LMDh car for the new class's debut in 2023. He also wants to race the new Integra, but there are some complications.

"We want to race this thing, but maybe the Honda PR and marketing guys might have different ideas," he says. A racing Integra would presumably be some type of touring car and Honda Performance Development (HPD) offered previous-generations Civics for TCA, TC, and TCR classes. HPD will soon sell a TCA based on the new Civic Si, but its plans beyond that haven't been confirmed. The outgoing Civic Type R made the basis for the TC and TCR cars.

"The thing with our brand and our company in general, at the end of it, it has to be fun," he said. "It's got to be fun to drive and we're the performance division of Honda, so we're not going to shy away from Honda, you know? We're going to just have a little bit more fun."

As with all previous Integras, the new model is based on the Civic, and the car will launch with a powertrain either similar or identical to the new Civic Si's. Ikeda has said he wants a Type S version of every Acura product, and the rumor mill suggests a Civic Type R-based Integra Type S is in the works. That'd make a great basis for a TC or TCR car.