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2000 Acura NSX - T - Natural Progression

Jose Macias’ ’00 NSX-T

Jonathan Thompson
Apr 13, 2009
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper
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Natural progression is a byproduct of time. As time passes, progression occurs…naturally. For example, babies become children, children become teenagers, teenagers become adults. Each period is significant. None can be skipped. For Orange County, California’s Jose Macias, the journey began in 1996.

Luckily, Jose started on the right path, the Honda path. “My Honda fetish began when my best friend Miggy rolled up in a tan lowered ’89 Civic EF hatchback. It was so clean and pleasantly stylish,” Jose says. After attending a few Battle of the Import events and seeing racing legends like Jojo Callos, Tony Fuchs, and Adam Saruwatari, Jose picked up a ’91 Civic of his own, which he quickly nicknamed “Big Red.” A few years down the road he landed in the driver seat of a ’99 Accord, only to be totaled by a taxi. Soon after, he picked up a yellow S2000 and added a few Honda motorcycles and ATVs to the collection. Eventually, the Honda gods struck Jose with a bright-yellow bolt of lightning. He was surfing the “for sale” section on www.nsxprime.com when he discovered “the mother goose,” as he calls it. Like most Honda enthusiasts, Jose yearned for an NSX since he began driving. It was “the car in which I remember Saruwatari dragging down the Pomona Raceway in,” he says. A quick phone call and Jose found himself driving home in what many revere as Honda’s greatest machine to date. Most Hondas—take Civics and Integras for example—are great cars with tons of potential. The NSX is a different story—many will argue that the mid-engine platform is perfect as-is. It’s easy to destroy what makes the car great. That’s why Jose eased into the build and carefully selected each part along the way for his beloved “Vanessa.” Jose says that the name is smooth and sexy, “just like the NSX.”

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2018 Acura NSX
$156,000 Base Model (MSRP) 21/22 MPG Fuel Economy

Jose first focused on the suspension, installing TEIN S.Tech springs. “The NSX’s factory suspension is nice and tight; I’d go TEIN everything, but it’s so tight already,” he says as he flips gut wrenching 90-degree turns in SoCal suburbia thumping “Cookie Jar” by Gym Class Heroes. Once Jose felt better about the slightly stiffer springs, he devoted his attention toward the NA2’s most visually appealing feature, its exterior. While searching the forums, Jose stumbled upon an NSX featuring a Cantrell Studios GT series widebody kit. Prior, he had no intentions of installing such a kit. “I think the kit looks aggressive while sticking to the NSX’s factory lines,” he says. The kit adds 30 millimeters to both the front and rear. While parked in the driveway on a sunny Sunday afternoon, a young child walking nearby with his parents yells with excitement to his father, “Dad, that’s a cool car!” The dad confirms, as father and son begin smiling in appreciation of the yellow beauty.

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Equally screaming for attention is a Brembo Gran Turismo big brake kit that keeps the NA2 in check at all times. The massive kit tucks seamlessly behind Work Meister S2R rims covered in Goodyear Eagle FT tires. The brake kit’s functionality is obvious as Jose hits triple-digit speeds in seconds, then slows down to zero with an equal amount of gracefulness. The combined efforts of a Downforce cold-air intake, Comptech headers, and a Taitec GT lightweight exhaust, amongst other aftermarket components, net a combined total of 292 whp.

Jose credits his brother, Tony, and various nsxprime members for helping in the four-year build. Well, “4 years, 5 months, and 10 days, but who’s counting?” Jose says. Jose and Tony worked countless hours on the NSX as he set his sights on perfection. He even installed Mugen bolts in every spot that he could find. Given that Jose loves working on his baby, he and Tony find themselves in the garage at least once a month, listening to funky beats on the iPod. “I get a new part and call Tony to come over. It turns into sleepless nights because a one-hour project always turns into a 20-hour one,” he laughs.

Yes, the venture set Jose back a healthy $45K but, as he says, “A crack head’s gotta have his crack.” Jose’s project was funded mostly through his regular paychecks and side jobs as a consultant. “Credit cards too,” he says. Of course, few builds have been completed without one of those. But the hard work and frantic nighttime installs have arguably paid off. A slew of JDM NSX-R parts, including a rare JDM NSX-R engine cover that cost a cool $2,000, is proof enough. Unlike many NSX owners, Jose enjoys his daily, rescuing it from the garage and taking it to the streets on a regular basis, once making a Dodge Viper look more like a Dodge minivan. Of course, driving a Spa Yellow Pearl NSX coupled with blood-red Bride Brix II seats is going to attract attention. “All the hooked-up cars get excited when they see me. I’m sure they’ve done a lot. I can appreciate their work. I’ve been there. I give them the thumbs up right back,” he says.

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For others experiencing natural progression, Jose has some advice. “Dream big, work hard, and play harder,” he says as he sits surrounded by artwork from Michael Godard. Shortly after losing to a BMW M5, Jose ordered a supercharger that is in transit. He’s even added a complete banging sound system since our last visit. The progression continues.

Bolts & washers

Propulsion:
Mobil 1 Racing 0W-30 oil
Downforce air intake system
UNI air filter
Comptech headers
Taitec GT Lightweight exhaust
Science of Speed short gear stalk Science of Speed short gear kit
RH Engineering clutch
OEM lightened flywheel
NSX-R engine cover
NSX-R intake manifold cover
NSX-R intake manifold plate
Mugen reservoir covers
Science of Speed coolant expansion tank
Downforce aluminum battery tray
Custom carbon-fiber radiator duct

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Stance:
Tein S.Tech springs

Resistance:
Brembo Gran Turismo big brake kit
Goodridge steel -braided lines

Rims & Rubber:
Front: 18x8 Work Meister S2R (+20 offset)
Rear: 18x10 Work Meister S2R (+20 offset)
Front: 225/35-18 Goodyear Eagle F1
Rear: 275/35-18 Goodyear Eagle F1

Outside:
Spa Yellow Pearl paint
Wings West front lip
Cantrell Studios GT Series widebody kit
Mugen license plate bolts
NSX-R chassis reinforcement bars
NSX-R hood emblem
NSX-R door emblems
NSX-R replica carbon-fiber hood
NSX-R taillights
Downforce carbon-fiber wing
Downforce carbon-fiber undertray
Downforce carbon-fiber rear window garnish
Downforce clean-air HEPA system
Downforce carbon-fiber rear license plate bezel
Downforce fluorescent license plate light bar
S2000 sidemarkers
S2000 antenna
McCulloch 6000K HID kit
3M clear film protection
’02+ NSX rear valence

Inside:
Bride Brix II seats
Bride-matched door panels
Bride-matched sun visors
Sparco steering wheel
NRG quick-release hub
JDM ITR shift knob
NSX-R shift boot
NSX-R horn button
NSX-R floor mat emblems
NSX-R door sill plates
NSX-R replica gauge cluster
NSX-R replica carpet kit
Mugen pedals
Backyard Special carbon-fiber door trim
Zoom F50 carbon-fiber rearview mirror

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Not Pictured:
Kenwood DDX-7019 head unit
Kenwood LZ-L702W monitor
MB Quartz speakers
JL Audio 10-inch subwoofer
Alpine PDX.4 amplifier
Science of Speed stereo bracket
NSX-R navigation pod
ZeToolman sub enclosure

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Props:
Tony Macias
Melissa Macias
Chris at Science of Speed
Peter at Downforce
Ryan at Bell’s Autobody
Scott at Kar Fanatics
Free at Prestige Auto Workz
Sam at MDC motoring
Vance Hu
Tom Rutherford
Autowave
The entire NSX community

Owner Specs

Hometown:
Socal

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Daily grind:
Project manager/consultant

Favorite website:
www.nsxprime.com

Building cars how long:
13 years

Favorite kicks:
Nike Kobe Zoom

Dream car:
Lamborghini Gallardo

Build inspiration:
NSX-R with a twist

Can’t miss TV:
LA Lakers

NA1 VS. NA2

Face it. Honda guys are geeks. We’re so geeky in fact that we insist on referring to our cars by their individual chassis codes. This is all well and good, but when you get it wrong, well, nobody likes to be wrong. Deciphering chassis codes among the NSX is easy, mostly because there are only two of them: NA1 and NA2. There are also two basic NSX body configurations: those with pop-up headlights and those with fixed headlights. Conventional wisdom would tell you that all NA1s have the pop-ups and all NA2s the fixed, but conventional wisdom would make you wrong. Unlike most other Hondas where a new chassis code signifies a new body style, the NSX chassis code change has more to do with what’s under the hatch than what’s outside. In short, all NA1s feature the old-school pop-up lights but not all NA2s have the fixed ones. The chassis designation code actually changed in 1997 when Honda fitted manual transmission-equipped NSXs with the larger 3.2L engine and 6-speed transmission combo. NA2 models also have a more sophisticated ABS system, beefier front brakes, and OBD-II electronics. The updated front end, taillights, rear valance, and side sills didn’t come until 2002, a good five years after the NA2 title was released. Interestingly enough, the NA1 chassis code was still issued long after the release of the NA2—automatic-equipped NSXs all feature the older 3.0L engine and NA1 chassis code. Now you now.

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Sources

Goodridge
Torrance, CA 90501
310-533-1924
http://www.goodridge.net
Downforce
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-288-1630
http://www.downforceusa.com
Work Wheels
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
714-968-7040
http://www.workwheelsusa.com
Kenwood
Long Beach, CA 90801
800-536-9663
kenwoodusa
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