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XMODS Acura NSX - NSXCELLENCE

Widebody Acura Supercar - and you could be the lucky owner

Ricky Chu
Sep 2, 2004
Photographer: Wesley Allison

Look, we're not gonna sit here and tell you how dope this car is because we busted our asses for six weeks just to get it right. That's right, six weeks. We think the final product speaks for itself. For nerds who race RC cars on a daily basis, Radio Shack has a line called XMODS, which consists of sport compacts like the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Acura NSX, and Toyota Supra. Admit it, these cars look pretty badass. But an RC car, no matter how cool, just isn't as good as the real thing. So guess what we did? We, along with Radio Shack, decided to build one ourselves, just for you. And you know what else? It could be yours.

Out of all the cars in the XMODS lineup, we decided to duplicate the '04 Acura NSX because it's the ultimate car to tap the tapioca tube to. It's hard to believe, but this marvel had only about 40 miles on it before we started stripping and building it. The stock 3.2L V-6 is packing 290 hp from the factory, but we still wanted a little bit more. Our first stop was at DC Sports to get the NSX fitted with some headers and an exhaust, and then we went to AEM for an intake. Remember, this is a giveaway car, so we had to keep everything smog-legal. Luckily for us, 90 percent of the parts manufactured by these guys are CARB-approved, which means you don't have to worry about getting popped by the po-po when you're out trying to pimp on some chicks (or dudes).

Trust us, the thought of ripping up an NSX just kills us inside. Our first plan was to go with a pair of racing buckets, but that would have taken away from the luxuries that come with owning a car this prestigious. Instead, we had Katzkins rewrap the stock seats with a custom leather design. Now we don't feel as bad. The stock stereo system, on the other hand, definitely needed to be tossed. JT Audio took the liberty of fabricating a custom center dash to fit the new Pioneer AVIC-N1 DVD/Navigation head unit. If you haven't heard about this thing before, then you're way out of the loop. It's the pimpest of the pimp, and when partnered with the Pioneer subs and amp, the audio system is just blissful enough to match the sultry NSX.

Do you think we're gonna give away an NSX that looks stock? You must be a slow learner. As sleek as the car looks from the factory, we just couldn't let it be. Call us copycats, but we based this car off the ScienceofSpeed NSX we ran on our May '04 cover. We used the same Cantrell Studios widebody kit as that car. Well, not exactly the same. That kit was full carbon fiber and this one is FRP with carbon-fiber inserts. Whatever, it's not like we're striving to save weight anyway. Plus, we already arranged for PJ Bonifacio to recoat the entire car in a custom yellow paint that Finishmaster mixed. Nads is a detail-oriented dude, and he wasn't content with just having a widebody kit. So we ordered up a Taitec rear wing, Craft Square mirrors, and an SOS carbon-fiber hood to balance out the package.

At this point, with the NSX being 75 percent done and a limited time schedule, we took the car to Senor Philippe Chavez at Tein so he could have the Japanese porn star known as Sugano whip up a set of coilovers. Mackin Industries had a set of bronze CE28N wheels in the exact sizes and offsets we needed to fill out the fatter fenders. And of course we had to go with some big fat Rotora brakes and absurdly obese BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW tires.

Surprisingly, this is what we can accomplish in six weeks. We try not to let anyone know we can be this productive because they'll start expecting a lot more from us. But the car still isn't complete. Our task isn't done until one of you lucky readers wins the NSX and takes it home. It's pretty simple. Radio Shack has a tour going on for the XMODS lineup called Stop.Drop.Race! All you have to do is compete in the 2004 XRL National Tournament and win. If you've been paying attention to us for the last few months, you already know that you can go to www.xmodsrc.com to find out when the tour is coming to your city. Winners at each event will be automatically entered into the Finals at NOPI in Atlanta. By the time this story goes to print, there will probably only be the tournament in St. Louis before the Finals, so you better get your ass in gear. If not, we'll be glad to take the car on your behalf. It's only worth more than the yearly salary of the entire edit staff combined.

By Ricky Chu
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