It's only natural that people are hyped about the new NSX. After all, it's been more than ten years since the production of the last NSX ended. But even with something as advanced and attractive as a three-motor Sport Hybrid and a twin-clutch seven-speed transmission, we have a gut feeling the earlier generations won't be forgotten that easily—which brings us to this show-stopping '92 example that stole the SEMA show last year. Robert Chew became the first NSX owner to complete a Rocket Bunny widebody conversion.
"Growing up early in the scene, it was all about Hondas," Robert began. "I was always around them back in high school and the NSX was the unattainable dream, the flagship car. The initial goal was to purchase the car and go with a clean NSX-R type look, but that direction took a drastic turn when I was contacted for the Rocket Bunny opportunity." The NSX-R look and Rocket Bunny widebody are as opposite as it gets. Robert was sure to piss off the purists, but he was OK with that. As of press time, his car is one of two Rocket Bunny NSXs in the entire world (the only one in the U.S.). The other car belongs to Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto—the lead designer of Rocket Bunny, of course.
Taking a closer look at the kit for the NSX, you'll notice this isn't as easy of an affair as the Rocket Bunny kits for the Scion FR-S in comparison—we're talking a full body conversion with a lot more than just fender cutting. Inspired by JGTC, Miura-san designed the front-end as one-piece that includes the fenders, bumper, and hood. Taking styling cues from BenSopra, the one-piece front end is a clamshell cowl that pivots towards the front of the car. In the rear, a huge chunk of the rear arches were cut off and replaced with a rear cover that has a the popular bumper-less look we've been seeing Rocket Bunny Nissan S13 conversions. Normally you'd find either a ducktail wing or a GT wing next, but for this NSX, it has both.
A proper set of Rocket Bunny 6666 wheels produced by Enkei was painted matte black to round up the exterior. As you can imagine a lot of work had to be done, but even with critical parts stuck at port and customs, Robert and the guys at Autofashion in San Diego still managed to put the entire car together 10 days prior to SEMA (And we thought we had it bad for our Scion Tuner Challenge!).
Rest assured, this isn't just a pretty car with blue chrome wrap. The C30A motor was rebuilt with forged internals and given some good ol' forced induction with an ever-so-arousing supercharger from GruppeM. The kit is based around an Eaton Roots-style blower and designed by GruppeM founder and president Mamoru Ogose. With all the other upgrades to the engine, Robert's NSX is pushing roughly 316 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. "The GruppeM supercharger is probably the most rare part on the car," Robert explained. "I looked for this engine setup for about two years. The supercharger makes less power than some of the Comptech setups, but I wanted it because it was period correct and cost up to $10,000 in the early '90s."
Although Robert's plans for an NSX-R clone were scrapped, the interior still pays homage to the legendary Honda with an NSX-R shift knob and shift boot. Keeping him and his girlfriend Yuri strapped down are a pair Bride carbon-Kevlar seats with Takata harnesses. Open what's left of the rear and you'll find a Hennessy-inspired AirREX trunk setup—apparently the drink of choice around Autofashion (Drinks on Freddie. - SD).
"What I really love about the car is how other people react. Statistically, kids and people in general care less and less about cars these days. Yet, everywhere I go whether in a parking lot or freeway, people go crazy over this car and start taking pictures or asking questions with huge smiles. I hope that builds like this can reinvigorate interest in cars and tuning specifically. Modifying cars has been my hobby since a young age and I'd love to see more of the future generations involved," concluded Robert. This Rocket Bunny build might not be exactly the car Robert envisioned when he first wanted an NSX back in high school, but what he accomplished has made a greater impact on the community than any NSX-R clone could ever do.