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1993 Acura NSX - Modest Intentions

What Started Off As A Small Project Has Turned Into This GT-Inspired Concept

Jonathan Thompson
Nov 19, 2009
Photographer: Chris Reno

Oftentimes, builds come from humble beginnings. First, car enthusiasts opt for sexier rims coupled with asphalt-gripping performance tires. Next, they add a carbon-fiber lip and an intake. After a few minimal OEM changes, the inevitable occurs. Money seems to grow on trees and memory recollection fades as the grocery-getter transforms into a neck-snapping, eye-popping beast. Hendrawan "Henry" Kosasih out of Houston is no exception to the general build process.

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Henry purchased his '93 Acura NSX in 2006 with a scant 30,000 original miles. He lightly modified the suspension and threw on some aftermarket wheels. He figured he'd play it cool for a while and enjoy Honda's renowned flagship in stock form. However, Henry's love affair with a stock NSX didn't last long.

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It took one year before Henry crossed the point of no return. He was doubling as a Sorcery and GT-One parts distributor stateside. He had to visit Japan and meet with the owners to do so and had fallen in love with the Sorcery-owned NSX while he was there. Naturally, being a parts distributor, Henry amassed three Sorcery NSX widebody kits. They were conveniently located in his garage-right next to his stock NA1.

The temptation was too strong, Henry was done admiring the kits and an extra Sorcery Version II widebody kit amongst a slew of other exterior pieces found its way to Huntington Body Shop located in Houston. Painter Jaime performed a combined total of 144 hours of paint and preparation. Henry impatiently waited for six months. Then he received the phone call. "It was like getting a new car," he says. Despite having to shell out 8,000 green notes, he eagerly drove his prized possession home.

The widebody kit stretched the width of the NSX an extra 8cm. "I thought it made it wider, I guess it just looks more than that," he says. Henry believes that the authentic kit makes his NSX a one of a kind in the United States. "I'm also pretty sure I'm the only one with my Sorcery custom rear spats in the USA," he explains. The spats are so rare that the body shop had to make a custom quarter panel lining to make sure every exterior piece lined up perfectly.

Henry began to install an assortment of engine pieces after the body was finished. He focused on GT-One components for his engine bay and interior because of a video clip he viewed. The short video displayed the smooth yet defined sound a GT-One exhaust creates. "It's also the sickest-looking exhaust for an NSX," he says. Some visually appealing parts were added to spruce up the bay, including a Gruppe M carbon-Kevlar valve cover plate and K-Craft engine dressing and ground wiring kit.

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Henry turned to the interior following the completed bay and exterior aesthetics. He opted for Status Racing carbon-Kevlar bucket seats and GT-One interior additions, such as GT-One doorsills and heel guards to keep the theme current. He also added a Pioneer navigation and DVD double-din player. When asked what kind of movies he watches, Henry pauses. He's never actually played DVDs in his DVD player.

The superbly modded NSX has donned the new status of show car. Henry still drives it 8-10 times a year. He enjoys driving the red supercar to weekend meetings with his elite local car crew, Team Nextstage. While the NSX is taking beauty naps between team gatherings, Henry lugs his two young children around in a Lexus IS300. His wife won't let him take the kids in the NSX "just yet," he says.

The project lasted one year, which is pretty quick for a build with so many hard-to-find parts and such immense attention to detail. On the other hand, the exclusive parts helped the tab reach $50,000 faster than Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt. However, the funny part is that Henry expected to be done in six months. "It took longer than I expected because the bodywork took so long," he says. Naturally, his direct connection to Sorcery and GT-One helped him secure parts in weeks, instead of months. "If I weren't a parts distributor, the build would have taken a lot longer," Henry admits.

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The NSX is almost complete, according to Henry, but he's still looking to make some minor improvements where it needs them most-under the hood. Some individual throttle bodies and a massive engine bore upgrade are planned and should provide a good dose in horsepower. "I'm NA all the way," he says. He's also ordered a custom air suspension, which has some of us scratching our heads since the NSX already looks like it has a perfect stance. But much like most projects that start off with modest intentions, this one is a shining example of how ideas and creativity can spiral into a much more grand end result.

Specifications & Details
'93 Acura NSX

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Engine
GT-One exhaust manifolds, test pipe, F1 Version 5.1 exhaust, engine torque damper, pulley kit, oil cap, coolant tank, oil catch can, engine dressing, ground wire kit; Comptech throttle body; Gruppe M carbon-Kevlar valve cover plate; JDM NSX-R valve cover

Suspension And Brakes
Comptech coilovers, front shock tower brace, front adjustable antiroll bar, rear adjustable antiroll bar; Brembo "Ferrari F-50" front custom calipers, "Lotus" rear custom calipers, front 32mm 2-piece floating slotted rotors, rear 28mm 2-piece floating slotted rotors; Titanium Dave custom brake caliper brackets

Wheels And Tires
18x9 Iforged Aero (offset unknown) front, 19x12 Iforged Aero (offset unknown) rear, 245/35-18 Toyo Proxes T1R (f), 315/25-19 Toyo Proxes T1R (r)

Exterior
Sorcery Version II widebody kit, hood, carbon-fiber front lip, carbon-fiber side skirts, trunk spoiler, GT adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler, custom rear spats; GT-One '02 JGTC carbon-fiber headlight conversion, carbon-fiber mirrors; JDM NSX-R '02 taillights; Huntington Body Shop custom quarter panel lining

Interior
Status carbon-Kevlar racing seats; GT-One custom pedals, heel guards, custom doorsills, shift knob, short hub; Sparco steering wheel; JDM NSX-R shift boot; JDM NSX-R carpet logo; custom red carpet; Titanium Dave short shifter kit; Panasonic Strada Navigation and DVD double-din player

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