Acura’s new 2021 TLX Type S will pace the 99th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 27, the company announced. Driving the TLX Type S pace car up the challenging 12.42-mile hill climb will be television personality and self-proclaimed car nut Ant Anstead, former host of enthusiast programs like “Wheeler Dealers,” “Master Mechanic” and co-founder of Radford Motors.
The TLX Type S is well suited to pace the field on Colorado’s challenging mountain course, Acura said, with its turbocharged V6 engine producing 355-horsepower, standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) with true torque-vectoring, quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes and double-wishbone front suspension.
Last year, a development prototype of the TLX Type S paced the hill climb and Acura vehicles have competed in the event since 2012.
British television personality and car restorer Ant Anstead gained popularity in his home country on shows such as “For the Love of Cars” before becoming a household name in the U.S. co-hosting “Wheeler Dealers.” Recently, Anstead and business partner, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, are bringing luxury coachbuilding back with Radford Motors.