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2002 Acura NSX - What GTR?

From OhSnaps! submission to full feature in one fell swoop.

Brian McGurk
Oct 19, 2011

All of you out there in reader land take note. There is no secret formula, no mysterious handshake to getting your project car featured in your favorite Honda mag; all you need is some dedication, some photos skills, and a submission. Oh, and an incredible NSX doesn’t hurt. Just ask Ginash George of Chicago, Illinois. Ginash is a passionate auto photographer, and after honing his craft, he decided to submit a photo of his very own ’02 NSX to the OhSnaps! section of this very magazine. After catching the eye of our illustrious editor, he’s sitting pretty with his own very own feature, and his name under the photo credit line!

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An admittedly awesome ride, this gorgeous NSX almost never was, if not for the greed of the local Nissan dealers. Ginash states, “I used to have a 350Z, and wanted to upgrade to the GTR when they came out, but the dealers were gouging the prices.” With dealers tacking an additional $15,000 to $20,000 for every GTR within 200 miles, Ginash looked to pick something up in the meantime—an original dream car in the beloved NSX. “I wanted something I could enjoy until the prices dropped on the GTR, and I always wanted an NSX, so it was the perfect choice.”

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With parts already on order, he began shopping for his “temporary” car. He recalls, “I knew I wanted the flush headlights, but an 02+ front end conversion would set me back another $10K, which I wasn’t looking to spend.” His sights now set on an ’02 and up, the Internet produced a true rarity: an ’02 Imola Orange NSX near Washington, D.C. He remembers, “I’d never seen an Imola Orange version in person, but in pictures it was gorgeous. I booked a flight to D.C. and bought it.”

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Instead of putting Honda’s flagship on a trailer back to Chicago, Ginash opted to get behind the wheel and make the 800-mile trek himself. After a run-in with some road debris in Indiana, the NSX went straight into the shop for some goodies.

“I ordered the first set of wheels and suspension before I even found the car, they went on ASAP.” With the NSX rocking new rolling stock and sitting right on Tein Type Flex coilovers, a slew of other parts were ordered to complement the already stellar engineering of the car. Ginash said, “I used to have high-horsepower cars, but they just kept blowing up. I just wanted to get some quality parts on the NSX, so I could just do it right.” A GTone F1 v5.1 exhaust was first on the list, (a true rarity on American shores) mated to custom-made downpipes and complemented with a Cantrell Concepts air-induction system. The go-fast parts list was done for Ginash, and though it’s short, the NSX doesn’t need much in the way of performance.

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Downforce provided an NSX-R diffuser, a rear spoiler, and a rear window garnish to increase aerodynamics, and they don’t look too bad, either. A slick, custom LED taillight conversion finished off the exterior mods. Slowing the 2,800-pound Honda came next by way of a Stoptech big brake kit tucked behind the new custom-offset staggered TE37s in Formula Silver. A STMPO NSX Targa rear tower bar stiffened up the chassis on the topside, while Comptech’s adjustable antisway bars and NSX-R chassis bars stiffened it underneath.

The interior came under Ginash’s scrutiny next, as the OEM seats were replaced with Recaro Pole Position buckets straddling Science of Speed seat rails, and a Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel with Works Bell quick-release. A Zanardi shift knob and NSX-R shift boot finished the off-the-shelf mods, and both the seats and wheel were treated to custom orange stitching, making Ginash’s interior truly one of a kind.

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Ginash thinks his NSX is essentially done, except for a wheel swap that has probably happened since this article was published, but when asked about his original plan and swapping the NSX for a GTR, Ginash quickly states, “I feel there is nothing to replace the NSX, the car has made such an impact, and it’s the only car I see myself having for a while. I want to keep it for as long as I can.” With the amount of quality parts on this super-rare NSX, we’re sure Ginash will keep his word.

Road Warrior
When Ginash found his one of 49 Imola Orange NSXs in Washington, D.C., his original plan was to ship it back to his home in Illinois. But as all car builders know, plans often change quickly. He recalls, “After driving it, I figured I’d just drive it halfway home, then crash out at a hotel.” All was going according to plan until bravado got the best of Mr. George. On an energy-drink-fueled whim, he opted to drive the whole 800-mile trip in one shot. That is, until he made his way to a small town in Indiana. “I hit some road debris and annihilated one of the rear tires. I limped it into a parking lot and thought I was done. But I remembered passing a Tire Rack.” With the Tire Rack less than 20 minutes away, he got busy on the cell phone. “I got a rental car and took the tire with the rim to Tire Rack, and they changed it for me right there. I was back on the road within a few hours.” All in all, Ginash said he’d do it again; however, this little detour made that last few hours home a little less fun.

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Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
Science of Speed short gear stalk
Science of Speed CF intake plate
Cantrell Concepts airflow induction system
Custom test pipes
Comptech carbon-fiber airbox lid
JDM Honda coolant expansion tank
GTone F1 v5.1 exhaust
Stance
Tein Type Flex coilovers
NSX-R chassis bars
Comptech 3-way antisway bars
Science of Speed sway bar spacer kit
Umbrella Auto Design variable ride height suspension kit
STMPO NSX rear strut tower brace
Resistance
Stoptech big brake kit
Wheels and Tires
Volk TE37 18x7.5 +30 with Toyo Proxes T1R 215/35-18 front
Volk TE37 19x9.5 +34 with Toyo Proxes T1R 275/30-19 rear
Volk GT center caps
McGard Black spline lug locks
Project Kics R40 Neo-chrome lug nuts
Exterior
Downforce NSX-R diffuser
Downforce NSX-R carbon-fiber spoiler
Downforce rear window garnish
Shark antennae
Custom LED brake light conversion
Interior
JDM Honda navigation pod
Zanardi shift knob
NSX-R mesh shift boot with carbon-fiber trim
Nardi Deep Corn 330mm steering wheel
Works Bell Rapfix quick-release
Recaro Pole Position bucket seats
Science of Speed seat rails
Electronics
Audiovox backup camera
Alpine 770 head unit
Alpine navigation/black bird dock
Props
Project X customs
JDMchicago.com
Chicagoz.com

Owner Specs

Favorite Websites
JDMChicago.com, Acurazine.com, NSXPrime.com, Synth19.com
Screen Name Or Nickname
Synth19
Building Hondas For How Long
11 years
Your Dream Car
I’m driving it!
Build Inspiration
Nothing specific
Current Stable
Acura RL, Toyota Prius
What’s Playing In Your iPod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
De/Vision
Greatest Movies Of All Time
The Godfather Parts I and II

Connect

Downforce
downforce.biz
Science of Speed
www.scienceofspeed.com
Tein
www.tein.com

Sources

ScienceofSpeed
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-894-6277
http://www.scienceofspeed.com
Downforce
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-288-1630
http://www.downforceusa.com
Tein USA
Downey, CA 90241
562-861-9161
http://www.tein.com
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