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Widebody 1994 Acura NSX - Sky’s the Limit

Track-bred, purist-devouring sports car dubbed the "Ivory Raptor"

Joey Lee
Mar 27, 2015
Photographer: Cullen Gheung

NSX owners are a peculiar bunch. It seems that when you sign on to be a part of the illustrious NSX community, you have to be prepared to decide exactly what type of owner you want to be. On one end of the spectrum, you have your older purists who believe the NSX to be the perfect vehicle built by the automotive gods, unflawed in all its years of existence. At the opposite end of the spectrum are your NSX tuners—often a bit younger, they've dreamed of building Honda's supercar as long as they can remember. They don't have a problem modding the NSX because they've always been exposed to the wild builds put together by various tuning shops in Japan. Julian Chiu, owner of this aggressively styled white 1994 Acura NSX, is definitely on the end of the spectrum that draws the wrath of purists.

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1994 acura NSX wedsport TC105N 02 Photo 2/10   |   Track wheel setup—staggered TC105Ns with 18x10” in the rear.

By definition, his NSX is anything but "stock." Whatever the automotive gods may have created has been completely reimagined by Julian as he seeks a higher form of the NSX for his own liking. He, like many of the owners of the current crop of heavily modded NSXs, appreciates the car for what it is, but feels like it is capable of more. Not only is his NSX devoid of any traditionalists' ideologies, it also serves as his personal race car. It appears circuit-ready with all the parts you would think would go on a show car pretending to be a track car, but Julian actually tracks the car every month at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Washington State.

1994 acura NSX sorcery GT rear wing 04 Photo 3/10   |   Sorcery GT rear wing mounted to a custom rear end featuring a one-off Sky Design center-exit exhaust. Sickkkkk!

The 3.0L V-6 engine, even with its age, has always been formidable for race activities. Julian merely updated certain components to help it run and breathe easier. Factory fuel delivery is upgraded with modern Acura RDX injectors, and air induction comes via a Sky Design intake system. Sky Design, which is a tuning shop based in Hong Kong, also developed a one-off prototype exhaust for this NSX that connects to ScienceofSpeed Advanced headers.

1994 acura NSX bride zeta III seats 05 Photo 7/10   |   Holding Julian in place on the track are Bride Zeta III seats with Schroth belts.

Most of Julian's attention has been devoted to the chassis. Being that it is indeed a weekend racer, he wanted to get the most out of his suspension by improving it with only the best parts. KW V3 Clubsport dampers provide an aggressive ride height, and suspension modulation is significantly enhanced with bushings and endlinks from ScienceofSpeed. He takes his track days seriously enough that he even has a completely separate set of wheels catered for just race duties. For street driving, he rocks staggered 18-inch Volk Racing TE37s wrapped in Goodyear rubber. For the track, Julian switches to WedSport TC105N wheels on Toyo R888 race tires. Unlike the Volks, the Weds are in the NSX's traditional staggered format where the rear wheels are an inch bigger in diameter than the fronts (17" front, 18" rear). Purists, rest assured, your stagger remains intact!

1994 acura NSX sky design snorkel 06 Photo 8/10   |   Sky Design NSX-R-style carbon snorkel—fully functional, bitches!

His aesthetic choices may perhaps draw the most haterade from NSX conservatives. The original lines of Honda's supercar are long gone and replaced by much beefier lines thanks to the Cantrell Concepts widebody panels. The front end has been revised with NA2 non-popup headlights and a Sky Design front bumper. Canards and side extensions have been mounted to the front bumper for a more intimidating appeal. Like the front end, the rear has also been modernized using newer NA2 factory taillights with a custom tint added. As for the bumper and diffuser, both are custom one-off pieces that you won't find on any other NSX around. Some weight savings comes from a Sky Design carbon-fiber rear hatch. Mounted at the end of the decklid is a massive Sorcery GT rear spoiler. Peeking over the engine cover is a Sky Design snorkel based off of the original NSX-R scoop, which is completely functional and connects with ducting straight to the air intake.

1994 acura NSX sky design air intake 07 Photo 9/10   |   The original 3.0L V-6 features Sky Design intake re-route with air ducting.

Say what you will about Julian's big-body NSX, but the greatest answer to "Why would you do that to an NSX?" is one word: function. Everything on this build is thought out and, more importantly, all put to good use. Purists will be purists, and guys who want to tear an NSX apart will continue to do so. It's pretty hard to tell someone that they are doing something wrong when they are doing it with a specific goal in mind. While you're sitting there, wipin' down your car and cleaning your OEM wheels, Julian will be too busy tearing up the track in his NSX to worry about what you have to say.

1994 acura NSX sky design front bumper 03 Photo 10/10   |   Widebody 1994 Acura NSX - Sky’s the Limit
By Joey Lee
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Widebody 1994 Acura NSX - Sky’s the Limit
Tuning Menu
Owner: Julian Chiu
Location: Seattle, WA
Occupation: NSX Aficionado
Engine: 3.0L C30A with Sky Design air intake, intake re-route, custom "F1-sound" exhaust; OEM RDX fuel injectors; ScienceofSpeed Advanced header system
Drivetrain: OS Giken 4.40 final drive; Exedy Hyper single clutch kit
Footwork & Chassis: KW V3 Clubsport coilovers; ScienceofSpeed steering racking bushings, non-compliance rear beam bushing, toe links, front pivot clamps, stabilizer endlinks, front camber kit; Dali Racing sway bay
Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo big-brake kits with E-brake kit
Wheels & Tires: Street: 18x8.5" front, 18x9.5" rear Volk Racing TE37 wheels; 245/35R18 front, 265/30R18 rear Goodyear F1 tires; Track: 17x9" front, 18x10" rear WedsSport TC105N wheels; 255/40R17 front, 265/35R18 rear Toyo R888 tires
Exterior: Cantrell Concepts front wide fenders, rear over fenders, side skirts; Sky Design front bumper, canard, side extensions, side skirt extensions, carbon-fiber rear hatch, snorkel, engine hatch duct garnish; Difflow custom rear diffuser; Sorcery GT rear wing; custom NSX-R style NA2 headlights, tinted NA2 taillights; BackYard Special NSX-R hood
Interior: Personal Neo Grinta steering wheel; ScienceofSpeed shift knob; OEM NSX-R shift boot; Bride Zeta III seats; Taitec seat rails; Schroth harnesses
Thanks You: Sky Design; ScienceofSpeed; Cantrell Concepts; Carrozzeria Carbon
www: scienceofspeed.com; mackin-ind.com

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