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1991 Acura NSX - The Sequel

Better, Boostier The Second Time Around

Isaac Mion
Jan 1, 2006 SHARE
Turp_0601_01z_acura_nsx+front_right Photo 1/1   |   1991 Acura NSX - The Sequel

Gearheads and their girlfriends leaned forward in their bucket seats upon hearing that Jason Stratham would be back for the sequel to "The Transporter." While the ladies were keen to see the smooth UK heartthrob, the automotive aficionado's interest may have been piqued by the promise of more high-speed car chases.

Luc Besson, of "The Professional" fame, delivers those chases and more with ferocious intent in the sequel about a driver who gets paid to do four-wheel drifts around a city with precious cargo on board. While the story remains similar to the first, Besson's fingerprint on the action is a solid one that comes straight from the middle finger. Patience, this all has something to do with the fearsome NSX spread out in front of you.

Mike Chu's NSX should come with the same caveat. Not only does it result in the preceding three symptoms, it's also the second time it's been modified to do so. We won't even get into the relatively anemic stock NSX. While it was known for its superior poise and balance, you'd be lucky to get a speeding ticket with the stock 280 hp. As Mike analytically postures, "The NSX lacks the power and exotic aura of a supercar. However, these details are fixable."

Like "The Transporter," the original build was a commendable project. The Acura had sufficient attitude as a result of the 18's, custom fender flares and a Comptech supercharger pushing six psi among other upgrades. The Comptech was deemed to be the most reliable forced induction kit for the NSX and the only one that could pass California's scrupulous smog check. In its stock silver the car was N-S-Xesque enough for passerbys to throw it a second glance. But now the once-silver sled has taken on an almost ephemeral quality. In Shamanism it is believed that the spirit comes back in the form of an animal. Well if this is the case then Chu's NSX has returned as one bad-ass Bengal tiger.

One of the things that make this NSX so ferocious is the wide-as-the-Panama-Canal JGTC NSX widebody kit. Mike's friend Jay Cheng is the president of BRS Autodesign which used Mike's NSX to prototype the kit. Mike, on the other hand, is director of Sport Max wheels. He has a theory about the market in which he's involved. "The wheel market has become very competitive lately," said Mike. "I wanted to try and diversify by supplying larger rims for widebody kits as more people seem to be doing them these days."

So BRS AutoDesign basically built the bodykit around the Sport Max's rims. And, like two once forlorn lovers they grasped each other in a heated embrace exploding in a heavenly symbiosis of bronzed thighs and groaning ... oh wait where did I put that romance novel? I mean, metal and fiberglass came together for a perfect fit like raging sea and thunder for a perfect storm.

Another thing that should be mentioned about Sport Max's 20x10 rear wheel is its weight. Mike weighed the forged one-piece rim for us at his warehouse and it tipped the scales at 26 pounds. The average twenty carrying those Impalas around weighs probably twice that.

The car's 2002 headlight upgrade is actually sort of a prerequisite to the JGTC kit. On the lighter side, there is plenty of carbon fiber in the form of and APR JGTC-300 carbon fiber wing as well as canards and GT500 hood all made of the same lovely weave of carbon and epoxy.

Enough of the aesthetics though, like "The Transporter" the supercharger has a sequel and like Luc Besson's dynamic style of directing, it's even more powerful than the original filmmaker's version. Originally, the install was fairly straightforward. It requires the removal of the fuel rail, intake manifold, throttle bodies and injection pumps.

In other words most of the parts above the valve cover had to be removed before the Comptech centrifugal charger could be installed. While it ran with a pulley producing six psi for quite some time, Mike recently acquired the Stage II setup to go along with his Acura's menacing new look. The Stage II kit includes a high boost pulley producing nine psi, 400cc injectors and a voltage amplifier for fuel pump.

The latter eradicates the need for a larger fuel pump by increasing the voltage from 12 to 24 volts. With more juice to the juice, a Science of Speed induction system and a custom four-inch exhaust the NSX is pushing 400 whp. Before the Stage II upgrade, Mike took the car up the track to the tune of 12.1 seconds. By now there's no reason the Acura shouldn't be hitting low 11's with all that weight over the rear wheels. Assuming they're not 20's that is.

As fully sorted as this NSX is, Mike admits that the suspension needs some tuning. While the car was a full-on driver before, it has now become a little bit of a show queen with the adjustable Koni's tweaked all the way south and the supercharger looking like an MP's helmet. "I started to get into the show thing more and more but now I want to set the alignment and turn it back into a driver," said Mike.

Inside the Sport Max rims is a set of Wilwood forged billet four-piston brakes from Brake Zone. These bad boys bring the car to a halt very abruptly.

Will Mike Chu bring the NSX back to its tarmac-terrorizing origins, or will it become one of the most insane show cars to ever make the rounds. Can it run 11s on 20s? Time will answer all these most perplexing questions.

1991 Acura NSXEngineComptech 9 psi SuperchargerJDM NSX Type R Short GearCustom-made ExhaustInjen IntakeChrome and Polish Engine and Engine AccessoriesChrome Aluminum Coolant TankAir Induction SystemSpec Clutch

Suspension And BrakesWilwood Forged Billet 4-Piston Caliper by Brake ZoneStainless Steel Brake LinesGround Control Coil-OversKoni Full Adjustable ShocksEibach SpringsPorsche Brake DuctsComptech Adjustable Sway Bars

Wheels And TiresSport Max 003 Light Weight Forged Racing Wheel: Front 18X7.5, Rear 20X10Bridgestone Potenza SO-3: Front 225/40/18, Rear 285/30/20

ExteriorBRS Autodesign 2004 JGTC NSX Widebody Full KitBRS Autodesign 2004 JGTC NSX Rear DiffuserBASF Carizzma Candy Orange PaintTPR Autobody WorkType S GraphicsCarbon Fiber GT500 HoodAPR GTC-300 Carbon Fiber Wing'02 NSX Headlight ConversionHonda HIDAPR Formula GT3 CF MirrorsCustom-Made Carbon Fiber Canards

InteriorNorth West Auto LeatherAuto Meter GaugesSunstar Car Stereo WorkAlpine Head UnitAudiobahn AmpAudiobahn SpeakersQuick-Release Steering WheelValentine-1 Radar DetectorPivot Shift LightCustom-made Center ConsoleRapid Shift Knob

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Wilwood Disc Brakes
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
APR Performance
Walnut, CA 91789
909-594-3796
http://www.aprperformance.com
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