Giving us further proof that Acuras look far better in race spec than in Grandpa-spec, Acura released this pretty picture of an ILX that they plan to reveal at the New York International Auto Show alongside their flagship NSX supercar. Behold, this is the endurance racer they're taking to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is the National Auto Sport Association's most famous race: a grueling day-and-an-hour-long enduro around the twisty California track in its name.

Now Acura plans to enter it with an ES-class Acura ILX. The ILX features upgraded suspension, racing cams, forged pistons and connecting rods, a lightened flywheel and a host of other track-ready mods. Look at those lightbars! I want lightbars. The full list of modifications can be found here, although they don't list a whole lot of specifics (for obvious reasons).

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The NSX it will be next to at the auto show isn't just a fancy garage queen supertoy, either. Acura will be using it as the pace car for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. I guess supercars as pace vehicles is one upside of paving the Peak. Either way, I can't wait to see it in official pace car trim.

Photo credit: Honda