【1992 ACURA NSX】A Serious NA1 Done in Rocket Bunny Aero in America! Want to Drive it on Japanese Roads Someday…
Thanks to social media, there is a lot of international car culture being propagated across borders. One of the cars that symbolizes such a movement is the NSX, which got a special Rocket Bunny kit at SEMA 2014 and took off in popularity. The owner is a nice guy who loves Japanese car culture. We had a chance to talk with him at length about the car and his dream.
Going crazy! Before and after the frenzy.
Rocket Bunny and a supercharger! An invincible machine that took SEMA by storm years ago.
When I arrived at the specifed address, it was a house in a quiet residential area. In the garage next to a Porsche 911, there sat the NSX I was looking for.
“That Porsche is my next project! Come back and shoot it when its completed! Hahaha,” says the owner Robert Chu. He is a big guy but his laugh gives away his lighthearted spirit. Needless to say, he is totally car crazy!
Robert has been addicted to wrenching on cars since he was in high school. He has been an OPTION fan from that time even though he couldn’t read Japanese. He is a Honda enthusiast who first loved Civics and Integras, later setting his sights on this NSX.
He became particularly interested in the aftermarket JGTC parts that were listed in OPTION. “Its insane to me that in Japan, you can have access to all the parts and install them on your street car!” he said. His love for JDM cars and the knowledge he gained over the years proved to come in handy on this project and others.
When he first got his hands on this NSX, he had dreams of transforming it into a faithful, clean NSX-R look. Then, he got an unexpected offer from a friend that took him down a different path.
He heard they were looking for a car in the US that could be fitted with the newly completed Rocket Bunny NSX body kit. It first he wasn’t sure about it. At that time, Rocket Bunny was well known in America and all his friends knew of their wildly wide fender look. He could have the chance to become the first NSX to install the kit. However, it wasn’t in his plan and was quite a big change in direction from what he originally had in mind for the car.
Robert then approached a longtime friend, Freddie Fernandez who was the owner of well known shop Auto Fashion USA in San Diego. The shop had many fans internationally, especially those closely following the stance movement.
After some deliberation between the two of them, it was agreed, “Let’s go for it!”. However, time was limited and SEMA was already upon them. They had only 10 days to put the car together! With help from his friends and girlfriend, the car was completed on time after a series of sleepless nights.
When it was exhibited at SEMA in 2014, it had a flashy blue chrome wrap, making its visual impact very strong. The reaction far exceeded Robert’s expectations and the reach it had on social media exploded. He didn’t really have any changes in his life before compared to after the show, but he has always been enjoying custom cars.
“I was influenced by Japanese cars and car culture from about age 17, so its my dream to drive on Japanese roads with my own NSX. After driving this car on the street with my friends after it appeared at SEMA, imagine driving on public roads in Japan like driving a JGTC machine! How crazy! Hahaha” says Robert.
Mounted on the mid-engined C30A machine is a Group M Supercharger. High quality air filter is used on the intake. Internal parts come from Arizona-based Science of Speed including forged pistons, gaskets, clutch and flywheel. Controlled by an AEM Series 2, the power reaches 316hp (320ps) surpassing that of the Type-R.
When it debuted at SEMA, it sported 6666 wheels by Rocket Bunny in collaboration with Enkei, but Robert has now gone with a classic choice, Volk Racing TE37V. Height can be adjusted via the AirREX suspension. This system has a wide range of users stateside and has gained acclaim for their ride quality and performance in recent years. The air tank that fits in the rear compartment was designed by Freddy of Auto Fashion in the style of Hennessy Brandy as a playful joke.
Rocket Bunny is famous for their bolt on overfenders, but the NSX kit features a clamshell cowl which integrates the bumper and fenders into the bonnet which opens at a front hinge. The rear is a bumperless design that is equipped with a large diffuser and big GT wing. The body which was wrapped in blue chrome for SEMA has now been painted a fresh clean white.
The interior is kept in a super clean state that is hard to imagine even for its age. It has a steering wheel by Personal and BRIDE bucket seat. Shift knob and shift boot are from an NSX-R. An AirREX monitor is installed inside and the keyring has a height controller. Height adjustment comes in handy even when running on the street.
Robert says he cannot separate his daily work life from his car life and is constantly finding ways to merge the two. He was married recently to his wife Yuri Liu. She spent 10 days in hell before SEMA preparing the car with Robert and says that she helped with small hands in tight places where men couldn’t reach. He says he was blessed with a perfect companion who understood his love of cars.
■ENGINE：C30A／ScienceofSpeed Forged Low Compression Piston Set、LMA(Lost Motion Assembly) Kit、MLS (Multi Layer Steel) Head Gasket／GruppeM Super Charger／ARP Head Stud Set／RC Engineering 550cc Fuel Injector Set／AEM Series 2 EMS／Downforce USA Intake Funnel／MASTERwerk Straight Pipe Exhaust
■DRIVETRAIN：ScienceofSpeed Sports Clutch、Sports Flywheel／NSX-R JDM Short Gear
■FOOTWORK：AirREX Full Air Suspension、Digital Wireless Control
■WHEELS：RAYS Volk Racing TE37 (F9.5J×18 R10.5×18)
■EXTERIOR：Rocket Bunny NSX Body Kit
■INTERIOR：BRIDE StradiaⅡLowMax Carbon Kevlar Seat、Seat Rail／TAKATA Drift Ⅲ Race Harness／NSX-R Shift Knob、Mesh Shift Boots／Gruppe M Boost Gauge／Custom Hennessy Inspired Auto Fashion AirREX Air Tank Setup
Photo:Akio HIRANO Text:Hideo KOBAYASHI