2017 Acura NSX "Dream Project By ScienceofSpeed
The NSX gets garnished with some well deserved loveby Robert Moore, on
The second-gen Acura NSX is an amazing, mid-engined supercar that serves as a fine predecessor to the original. But, no matter how good a company makes its prized halo car, it can always be made better. And, that’s exactly what ScienceofSpeed has done for the second-gen NSX. There aren’t any serious engine upgrades to speak of (no, they didn’t throw on bigger turbos and upgrade the electric motors) but there are some minor upgrades to increase horsepower and torque a bit. The body isn’t neglected either, with a new aero kit and some fresh paint in place to fresh things up in the sun. Finally, the interior gets the orgasmic treatment as well, including things like new seats and updated custom upholstery.
Sounds pretty nice, right? Well, it’s not often that you find such a prominent aftermarket touch on a car like the NSX. After all, it’s only been on the market for a little over a year, and it took a long time for the name to be resurrected. So, what does this custom NSX have going for it? Well, it showed up at the 2017 SEMA show, and we’re here to take a good look at it. Let’s take a journey down the page.
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2017 Acura NSX "Dream Project By ScienceofSpeed
Horsepower @ RPM:610
Torque @ RPM:507
0-60 time:3.5 sec.
Top Speed:190 mph
- Custom side skirts and front strakes
- Carbon fiber rear diffuser and spoiler
- 20-inch wheels up front 21-inch wheels out back (wider than stock)
The project started out with the addition of a new aero kit that consists of new side strakes up front, new carbon fiber side skirts, and a new carbon fiber diffuser out back
Let’s be real for a minute – there’s not much you can do to up the look of a car like the Acura NSX. But, then a company like ScienceofSpeed comes around and manages to one-up the engineers over at Acura. It’s hard to believe, sure, but they sure did do it. The project started out with the addition of a new aero kit that consists of new side strakes up front, new carbon fiber side skirts, and a new carbon fiber diffuser out back. To add to this, there’s a new carbon fiber GT spoiler out back that really gives the NSX a fresh look. Normally I hate spoilers like this, but it actually does the NSX some justice somehow – maybe it’s the fact that it’s got a rear-wheel bias or maybe it’s just the way it looks with the rest of the aero kits. Either way, it works. Finally, the exterior is finished off with a nice coat of Andaro Nouvelle Blue Paint with a healthy dose of gloss black on the roof.
All told, it’s really not a lot, but you can’t blame ScienceofSpeed for that – after all, the NSX is already pretty damn aggressive as it is. The aero kit added in, however, takes that aggressiveness to the next level and Acura would be wise to use it as a template for the third-gen model that will undoubtedly come much faster than the second-gen model did (or so we hope, anyway.)
- Recaro Pole Position ABE seats wrapped in leather & blue fabric
- Custom sliding seats rails
- New OLED multi-function display
The stock seats were ripped out of there and replaced with Recaro Pole Position ABE Racing Seats
The inside, much like the outside, is quite attractive straight from the factory. With that in mind, I doubt you were actually expecting a lot to be done to the cabin of the NSX. Well, even if you did, you probably won’t be that disappointed considering there is some decent love going on in here. First off, the stock seats were ripped out of there and replaced with Recaro Pole Position ABE Racing Seats, which were mounted on top of custom sliding seat rails made by ScienceofSpeed. These seats made by Recaro actually offer a bit more side support up top and down below and, while that’s nice and all, that’s not what makes them stand out. What really makes them stand out is the fact that they have been outfitted with black leather that’s held together by blue stitching. There are also blue fabric accents in the center of the seats as well as on the center console, door trim panels, and parts of the dash. The fabric has a hexagonal pattern which is a nod to the honeycomb pattern of the radiator grille up front.
That’s pretty decent as far as upgrades go for a car of this caliber, but there’s one final thing that really throws the icing on the cake. In fact, let’s go ahead and call it an extra layer of icing. I’m talking about, of course, the gaugeART OLED Display that provides performance data about the car to the driver on demand. OF course, ScienceofSpeed didn’t stop there, either. There’s more going on below the metal, so let’s check out what that’s all about.
- Custom Downpipes for each cylinder head
- Custom Sport+ Exhaust System
- Custom Liquid Injection Intercooler System
- Brembo gold powdercoated carbon-ceramic brakes
- Pirelli Trofeo R tires
ScienceofSpeed was able to finesse an extra 37 horsepower and 31 pound-feet of torque
If you’re reading this review, then you probably already know that the NSX has a total system output of 573 horsepower. Well, 3.5-liter engine delivers 500 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. Apparently, the motors make up the other 73 ponies and 76 pound-feet. Well, by adding in a fresh set of downpipes, a liquid injected intercooling system, and Sport+ plus stainless steel exhaust system, ScienceofSpeed was able to finesse an extra 37 horsepower and 31 pound-feet of torque. Of course, if you add up the power delivered by each motor individually, these numbers are likely a bit higher, but we’ll leave that conversation for another day. And, that little bit of extra power requires a little more extra love, so ScienceofSpeed threw in a custom lowing kit to drop the suspension by about an inch and an iLIFT air suspension lift system that automatically raises the ride height when needed to prevent bottoming out.
Finally, to round off the whole package, there’s a sexy set of Advan GT Premium Forged wheels that measure 20 inches up front and 21 inches in the rear. The real news, however, is that those front wheels are nine-inches wide while the rears are a full 12-inches wide – that’s enough to improve grip and handling over the stock wheels and tires. Those wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires and accented by gold powder coated carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes for good measure. There’s no word as to what this extra performance and add-ons do on the performance front, but you can bet it shaved a tenth of a second off the 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds while top speed probably stuck around 190 mph just like that of the standard model.
Standard Acura NSX Specifications
|Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit||Front wheels: mechanically independent from rear power unit components, two electric motors (Twin Motor Unit); Rear wheels: Twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine with one Direct Drive Motor and 9-speed DCT|
|Maximum Total System Power||573 HP|
|Approx. Top Speed||191 MPH|
|Type||Twin-turbocharged DOHC V6|
|Horsepower - SAE Net||500 HP @ 6500-7500 RPM|
|Torque||406 LB-FT @ 2000-6000 RPM|
|Maximum Engine Speed||7500 rpm|
|Power Output Per Liter||143 hp/liter|
|Bore and Stroke||3.6 in. x 3.5 in.|
|Valve Train||24 Valve, IN/EX VTC, chain-driven camshafts|
|Intake Valve Construction||Forged steel|
|Exhaust Valve Construction||Forged steel , sodium-filled|
|Valve Angle||30 degrees (include angle)|
|Cylinder Block and Head Material||Aluminum alloy|
|Cylinder Bore Lining||Plasma transferred wire arc thermal spray|
|Cylinder Bank Angle||75 degrees|
|Crankshaft Construction||Forged steel|
|Piston Construction||Cast aluminum with integrated cooling channel|
|Connecting Rod Construction||Forged steel, dowel pin|
|Fuel Injection||Direct and port|
|Throttle Control||Drive-by-Wire throttle system|
|Fuel Requirement||Premium unleaded|
|Lubrication||Dry sump system with 6-rotor scavenge pump|
|Oil Type||Synthetic 0W-40|
|Cooling system||Liquid and oil cooling|
|Exhaust System Layout||Dual catalytic converter, dual path per bank|
|Turbocharger Type||Single vane|
|Maximum Boost Pressure||105 kPa (1.05 bar)|
|Recirculation Valves||Air bypass type|
|Intercooler Dimensions||Width 232.2 mm; Height 382 mm; Thickness 64 mm|
|REAR DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR|
|Layout||Direct drive situated between engine & transmission; Crankshaft output shaft-attached permanent magnet rotor & in-engine body- copper windings|
|Horsepower||47 HP @ 3000 RPM|
|Torque||109 LB-FT @ 500-2000 RPM|
And here we are at the end of this review. What do you think of the SpeedofScience Acura NSX? It seems pretty gnarly to me. It’s got a nice little bit of aero kit on the outside, some fresh seats and materials on the inside, and even some nice upgrades in the drivetrain department too. Oh, and that new exhaust system, it makes the car sound really good too. If you own an NSX, I couldn’t blame you for wanted to run straight to the tuner to get your hands on some of these upgrades—at the very least, the engine upgrades, but you’ll have to contact the tuner for pricing as it was all pretty much custom work so you can be sure it’s going to cost you a nice chunk of change in the end. With that said, let us know what you think of this custom NSX in the comments section below.
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