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1992 Acura NSX - Weapon X

This NSX isn't driven; it's wielded.

Andrew Beckford
Oct 5, 2018
Photographer: Evano Gucciardo

It's funny how looking at a car can stir up a variety of feelings, thoughts, and imagination in the mind of a gear head. It's almost as if the very body lines of a car can tell a story, and that story changes depending on who is admiring the vehicle.

When I look at Vittorio Bueme's NSX, I see a machine that looks like it was built for specialized violence. There is nothing about this car that says "relaxing Sunday drive." Instead it says: "Point me at the target and get out of my f'ing way!"

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Why am I catching such a specific vibe from Vittorio's NSX? Honestly, just look at it! The wide stance from its complete (front bumper, front fenders, side skirts, rear fenders, and rear bumper) Sorcery V1 body kit is already aggressive enough. Yet, Vittorio took things even further by having Hollywood Customs in Arizona blanket the entire car in a "black chrome" vinyl wrap, which gives it the appearance of being forged from a single block of pure solid "badass-ium".

1992 acura NSX vip modular vx410 wheels Photo 2/18   |   1992 Acura NSX Vip Modular Vx410 Wheels

The Honda NSX-R carbon fiber hood and rear wing, paired with a set of black staggered VIP Modular VX410 wheels (18 x 9.5 inches in the front and 19 x 12 in the rear) add to the stealth theme. By the way, those wheels are wrapped with Hankook Ventus V12 tires, which are known for being consistently dependable in various high-performance scenarios.

Further enhancing its "weaponized" look is the fact that the NSX sits low on a set of JRZ RS 2 coilovers with a titanium four-point rear chassis brace for reinforcement.

It's clear by now this NSX certainly looks the part, but it would be foolish to assume it doesn't have the firepower to back itself up. Under the rear bonnet of this NSX is one serious power plant. It starts off with a complete blueprint and build from DMS Performance. The Honda C-series engine was fitted with 9:1 compression CP pistons paired with Carillo rods and LA sleeves. Head studs and main studs from ARP hold the block together. By the way, if the compression ratio seems low, that's due to the fact that this engine was built for boost.

1992 acura NSX tial blow off Photo 3/18   |   1992 Acura NSX Tial Blow Off

Forced induction comes by way of a LoveFab LF600 turbo kit with a Precision 67/66 turbo at its center. Though, fun fact: the turbo kit was already on the car when Vittorio bought it. However, it was in a complete state of disarray. Luckily the engineers at DMS Performance set everything right, giving the LoveFab kit the respect it deserved. If "LoveFab" sounds familiar to you, that might be due to the fact that they are the same shop behind the absolutely bonkers NSX-based Pikes Peak hillclimb car that blew up the internet back in 2012. Those same masterminds engineered the boost reactor that now sits under the hood of Vittorio's NSX. If you got a special tingle just thinking about that, don't be alarmed, it just means you're alive.

All of that engine grunt is fed by a Walbro 450 fuel pump and ID 1,000cc injectors while a TiAL Q blow-off-valve along with a 44mm wastegate (also by TiAL) keeps boost pressure in check.

The NSX breathes through a Foundry 3 custom titanium charge pipe and through a custom air-to-water intercooler. All the used up gasses are ejected via LoveFab stainless headers, through a DMS Performance custom titanium 3-inch downpipe, and finally out through a center exit exhaust.

All of the mission critical calculations are handled by a suite of AEM electronics including a V2 EMS stand alone ECU, boost controller, flex fuel sensor (yes it can run on E85), wideband UEGO air-fuel-ratio controller, and fuel/ignition controller. All of those pieces work together allowing Vittorio's NSX to make 617 wheel-horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of torque at 17 psi of boost on 93 octane pump gas.

1992 acura NSX NSXR horn button Photo 4/18   |   1992 Acura NSX NSXR Horn Button

Here's another fun fact: did you know the NSX's interior design was inspired by the cockpit of an F-16 fighter jet? F-16 jet cockpits have 360 degree visibility so that fighter pilots could always visually spot their targets from any angle. The NSX designers wanted that drivers to have that same high level of visibility while hunting apexes and other cars on the race track.

Vittorio kept that utilitarian feeling alive by inserting a set of SDuff carbon/kevlar bucket seats and completely covering most of the interior with SDuff custom carbon fiber pieces. There's even a one-off navigation pod made from carbon!

If you couldn't tell already, I'm altogether fascinated with this particular build and its battle-ready vibe. I think if there was such a thing as the "ultimate first-gen" NSX, this example would come damn close.

1992 acura NSX sorcery v1 widebody kit Photo 11/18   |   1992 Acura NSX Sorcery V1 Widebody Kit
1992 acura NSX socery v1 front bumper Photo 18/18   |   1992 Acura NSX Socery V1 Front Bumper
By Andrew Beckford
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1992 Acura NSX - Weapon X
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Owner: Vittorio Bueme
Engine: DMS Performance full engine build; CP Pistons 9:1 compression ratio; Carrillo rods; LA Sleeve sleeves; main crank journal align bored; Cometic head gaskets; ARP head studs & main studs; Science of Speed billet main cap set; VVIS system delete; new lost motion assemblies; Time sert block; Supertech exhaust valves, 36mm intake valves, & valve springs/retainers/bases; Foundry 3 billet motor mounts; CRF Titanium timing belt shield; ATI super damper crank pulley; Science of Speed EGR block plate kit; O-ring cylinder heads; timing belt tensioner; custom breather tank for crankcase; Science of Speed oil pan baffle with new oil pan & oil pump upgrade; Foundry 3 custom titanium charge pipe with pie cuts & billet alternator bracket with new alternator; Lovefab LF600 stage 2 turbo kit; air-to-water intercooler; Precision 67/66 billet ball bearing turbo with .81 coated exhaust housing; Walbro 450 fuel pump; stainless fuel feed upgrade with high-flow filter; ID 1000 injectors; TiAL Q blow-off valve & 44mm wastegate; Lovefab twin chamber coolant tank; SDuff composites full carbon intake manifold cover & fuse box cover; ChasingJs titanium intake manifold plate & throttle body cover; Mugen oil cap; RFY coil pack rain guard; AEM Series 2 flex-fuel tune; Lovefab stainless steel coated headers; DMS Performance custom titanium 3-in. straight pipe center exit exhaust coming off the turbo; Foundry 3 custom titanium 3-in. dual tips; AEM EMS V2, flex fuel sensor, in-line wideband UEGO AFR controller, electric boost controller, fuel pressure regulator, & F/IC piggyback controller; GaugeArt CAN bus video gauge adapter with LCD display; FRONT BAY: SDuff full carbon fiber radiator cooling panel & radiator brackets; KOYO aluminum radiator
Drivetrain: Clutch Masters 850 series twin disc race/street clutch with aluminum flywheel; Insane Shafts 1000hp axles
Footwork & Chassis JRZ RS 2 coilovers complete with springs and bearing top mount kit; ChasingJs 4-pt. titanium rear chassis brace
Brakes: Upgraded rotors; powder-coated calipers
Wheels & Tires: VIP Modular VX410 wheels - 18x9.5" (front), 19x12" (rear); Hankook Ventus V12 tires - 245/35 18 (front), 325/30 19 (rear)
Exterior: Sorcery V1 widebody kit (front bumper, front fenders, side skirts, rear fenders, rear bumper); OEM 2002-and-up front end conversion; NSX-R style carbon fiber hood & rear wing; carbon-fiber front splitter, canards, & side splitters; MRacing carbon fiber mirrors; Avery Black Chrome vinyl wrap by Hollywood Customs; custom carbon-fiber diffuser; NSX-R door handles; Plastics 4 Performance Lexan margard rear hatch with functional I's Impact carbon fiber scoop; SDuff composites full carbon rear hatch garnish; OEM NA2 tail lights with NSX-R center garnish; NA2 R front Honda emblem
Interior: SDuff composites full carbon kevlar shell bucket seats with NSX-R style red alcantara and padding; Taitec seat brackets and sliders; custom carbon-fiber nav pod; Science of Speed nav pod bracket & LCD screen for gaugeart; SDuff full carbon-fiber double-din center console, arm rest, window switch bezels, headliner with sun visor delete, A pillars, & B pillars; K's Racing carbon-fiber gauge cluster trim; SDuff custom carbon-fiber/alcantara OMP SuperQuadro steering wheel; NSX-R horn; upgraded white speedometer; Zanardi floor mats; SDuff full carbon-fiber rear long bulkhead, side sail panels, rear rectangle panels, center speaker, side bolster caps, rear view mirror cover, & lower cowl covers; ChasingJs titanium steering wheel bolts & 90mm weighted shift knob

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