Widebody Twin Turbo NSX Build is Equal Parts Show and Go
Finally, someone with a 700 hp track-capable NSX that does more than the odd weekend track event.
We’ve come to love these Hoonigan Build Biology videos. You get this behind-the-scenes look at the cars that usually hit magazine features. It’s more or less a beautiful cinematic guided tour, with a few random “oohs” and “ahhs” when appropriate. This time John “Nads” Naderi, the resident Hoonigan Honda/JDM expert, takes a look at Rhett Panter’s 1992 Acura NSX.
If the name rings a bell it’s because he’s responsible for a certain Time Attack Integra. The NSX is sporting a Science of Speed carbon widebody kit, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a show car. While the looks are impeccable, Rhett and his parents make good use of all the power its making. “We race this in Global Time Attack, we race it in NASA… It may look pretty but it’s not all about beauty,” Panter tells the camera.
How serious is it? Panter explains that the Hoosier A7 tires they’re running are good for “three solid laps”. Three?! The staggered setup includes 17×9-inch wheels up front and 18×12-inch wheels out back. That’s a pair of 335 section-width super sticky tires out back. The NSX needs it too since it cranks out an impressive 700 horsepower to the wheels. On the competition tune, it’s dialed back and makes just about 500 HP.
The suspension is also set up to not only give the NSX a nice low stance but more control no matter the track they’re racing on. They have Moton two-way valves for the shocks, allowing Panter to dial in the suspension for more or less rebound. Another unique touch is the limiting straps on the suspension. They’re something you’d expect to find on an off-road truck instead of a track-day NSX, but they speak to how seriously the Panters take their go-fast efforts.
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