ACURA NSX – The Everyday Super Car

The new livery arrived in the garage and we've been busy putting it back together. Bigger, faster, and hopefully stronger...

The NSX was release in 1990 and it was marketed as an everyday a sports car that can be driven everyday - not just for the weekends.


This car was nothing simple; it was engineering put to the test. The NSX was the first of it's kind being constructed with an all-aluminium body - production street car no less.  It awoke the lazy sleeping dragons. 

You can read about the NSX (link below) ; I won't bore  you with history.

Fussy engineers

Basically nothing is simple or really inexpensive when it comes to the word NSX. Take a look at the Dacro coatings (image above) on the bolts that were only good for no more than 10 uses.


To be honest my inner Honda/ACURA fan boy screams a little - what's not to love?


And then you are reminded that this is from the 1990's as we go through the FSM (Factory Service Manual) and come across the tape deck schematic and cat3 cables for the 'built-in' cell phone.

Laughing aside, it is a little comforting and maybe even nostalgic for myself -  this writer's a little young or maybe even old depending how you look at it as I grew up with this technology.

The hard core stuff: There are 13 control units (think of it as little computer's) and one main engine control unit that looks after the car. Complicated? Not really that bad, it makes sense in keeping with typical Honda philosophy when it comes to engine management and redundancy.  If you're really nostalgic for technology - semiconductors.


I take back the comment that I wrote earlier in that nothing is simple or inexpensive when it comes to the word NSX.

Oil changes are easy and in the grand scheme of things; it's inexpensive. Even in race form (picture above), although it's a tight fit; it's still a Honda oil filter and very easy to change.


The artists drawings come from a  insider press junkets from our shoebox archives. We also have dealer catalogs from Mugen, Comtech, AT Engineering, Spoon ....  - Old School Racing Heritage.  Stay tuned for more pictures.


Going through the literature I came across artists renderings of VTEC for the NSX.


The NSX 90-degree V angle motor; designated C30A.



Of course one can not mention the NSX without the late F1 Champion Aryton Senna who they say is responsible for 5% of the handling characteristics of the NSX.

I know, enough with being nostalgic. On to the race car.

This is NOT a NSX; it's a NSX race car.


The true designation of the motor is more of C35-BSD. It is a 3000cc (3.0L)  motor that that has been massaged to a 3500cc (3.5L).


And so begins the build.


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