Photos courtesy of ScienceofSpeed
The hype, both good and bad, surrounding the new generation NSX seemed to fill the social and print media pages for years before twin turbo, AWD, hybrid supercar was actually debuted. Since then we've seen but a handful on the road here in Socal and other than a few owners that had substituted the factory wheels for questionable replacements, we haven't seen much in the way of modified versions. Chandler, Arizona locals and all around NSX gurus, Science of Speed, are hoping to change all of that with their Dream Project NSX build. And what better way to debut the custom affair than under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the annual SEMA show. Chris Wilson, SOS's general manager added, "ScienceofSpeed is thrilled to present our expression of the second generation NSX unlimited and unrestricted," said Chris Willson, general manager of ScienceofSpeed. "Devoted NSX fans share in a rich 27-year history, and with the second generation NSX reaching the aftermarket community, now is an extraordinary time to be an NSX enthusiast. We are thrilled to share our passion for this iconic platform."
In terms of power, the NSX has plenty on tap, but that didn't stop SOS from wringing a bit more from the boosted V6 by way of high-flow downpipes and their lightweight, performance exhaust system that not only performs well and sounds more aggressive, but also sheds 16lbs in the process. To cool the intake charge before it gets to that pair of factory turbochargers, a liquid-injected cooling method was also incorporated. The result is a 37hp bump along with 31lb-ft of grunt.
The bark to match the bite comes in the form of a GT3-inspired ScienceofSpeed aero kit that adds some very aggressive front strakes, ducted carbon fiber side skirts, a new rear wing and a sizeable rear diffuser that all combine to improve downforce without getting too far away from the car's original design direction. And for the true NSX nerds out there, you probably already spotted the black roof - a nod to the 1st generation NSX that put the performance automotive landscape on notice some 27 years ago, and also adds a bit of contrast to the Nouvelle Blue Pearl paintwork.
With additional power comes a need for better footwork and the group decided on Advan GT forged rollers that meaure up to 20x9 in the front and 21x12 out back. Wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires and brought closer to the tarmac by about an inch thanks to custom suspension bits, the supercar handling has been kicked up a notch. And before you cringe at the thought of bringing the SOS aero even closer to imminent damage in the form of driveways, speed bumps and more, the Dream Project relies on iLIFT and its patented sensors that can raise the front axle of the car by two inches the moment an obstacle is spotted.
Inside the cabin, the original seats were pulled in favor of black leather Recaro Pole Positions laced with blue stitching that play off of the accents seen on the doors and dash. Speaking of dash, a gaugeART OLED multi-function display sits atop the custom piece to spit out key vehicle performance data to the pilot.
If the ScienceofSpeed version of the NSX is any indication of what to expect once new owners start making changes, then the future looks bright for one of the most controversial supercars to hit the market in years.