We've all seen them before - builds that are gaudy, overdone and often lacking any sort of real focus or direction. Project cars inundated with so many "upgrades" you have to take a step back and re-evaluate exactly what it is you're looking at. These offenders floss bulging aero kits, massive rear diffusers, canards from front to back, and of course tow hooks and stickers - lots of stickers. Though the average Joe on the outside looking in might think any modded import falls into this category, the truth is there are some simple, timeless builds that for one reason or another stick with us forever.
Hugh Le, general manager of Evasive Motorsports, is someone who gets it. He's built a number of Honda over the years, some faster than others, but his 2002 Acura NSX is one that will always be remembered for, if nothing else, its "less is more" approach and a look that can transcend virtually any generation. And if Les Bidrawn's outstanding photography doesn't grab you, the high quality, carefully chosen list of upgrades certainly will.
Factory yellow paint is almost always an eye catcher, especially when draped over the sexy curves of Honda's flagship. To accentuate the color even further, white CE28s were installed, and as if to flirt with the color wheel while drastically improving braking power, Project Mu's signature teal calipers were added to the formula as well. Improving the handling of the Acura NSX was tough in the early days but research and development over a few decades has spawned a number of viable upgrade options, one of which is HKS' Hipermax II coilovers. Comptech front/rear shock tower bars also add a touch of rigidity to the two-seater.
The exterior of Le's Acura NSX looks subtle enough to be considered "stock" by most accounts; however, taking a closer look reveals a number of OEM and aftermarket parts have been installed. Route KS side skirts, Downforce NSX-R wing, and OEM NSX-R rear diffuser complement the Downforce NSX-R hood.
The somewhat outdated leather Acura NSX seats were axed and replaced with Mugen S1 buckets, and the clunky factory tiller was swapped out for a unique, limited edition Personal "Kingston" steering wheel with red, yellow and green stitching.
For every over-the-top Honda that you've ever seen rolling down the road, chock full of every conceivable bolt-on and fancy doodad, just remember that though they're few and far between, cars like Hugh Le's Acura NSX still exist.
Behind the Build
Hugh Le's 2002 Acura NSX
Engine GT-One titanium exhaust, aluminum coolant tank; Magnaflow high-flow cats; Taitec exhaust silencers, intake scoop; Uni air filter; DC Sports stainless headers; Toda timing belt; J's Racing torque damper; JDM OEM Honda NSX-R intake manifold cover; ARC titanium intake manifold plate, radiator and oil caps; OS Giken 4.4:1 final drive, LSD; Downforce NSX-R aluminum battery tray
Suspension HKS Hipermax II coilovers; Comptech shock tower brace, front & rear anti-sway bars; Cedar Ridge non-compliance front pivot clamps; CT Engineering front camber kit
Braking Project Mu big brake kit; Downforce front brake air deflectors
Wheels/Tires Volk Racing CE28N 17x8 +33 front, 18x9.5 +34 rear; Falken Azenis 615 215/40-17 front, 275/35-18 rear
Exterior Downforce NSX-R hood, carbon wing, carbon fiber window garnish, fiberglass under-tray; Route KS side skirts; JDM OEM Honda NSX-R rear diffuser, front/rear emblems
Interior Mugen S1 bucket seats, seat rails, pedal kit, harness bar; Takata harnesses; Personal Grinta "Kingston" wheel; Works Bell short hub, Rapfix quick-release; JDM OEM Honda NSX-R shift boot, titanium shifter; Dali Racing aluminum shift boot holder; SOS short gear stalk