At Signature Detailing we are fortunate to detail a lot of very high end exotics, but there is something that especially pulls at me with the Acura NSX though. It isn’t super powerful, crazy exotic looking, it’s the overall balance and design of the car that get’s me excited. The fact that Senna was involved in the development of this car was AWESOME!!!!
I decided to contact Chris A, a good friend, one who used to bomb the roads of NJ with me, and then when old enough, we traveled around bombing all of the top tier tracks of the East Coast. I told him that I had an NSX on the way for correction and CQuartz FINEST, so I asked if he wanted to include a few words to this write up? Sure enough he went above and beyond documenting the makings of the NSX.
NSX Pedigree Story
“Uncharted territory. In the 80’s, Honda decided to not only pursue Ferrari on the Formula One circuit, but to take to them on the street as well, hiring Ayrton Senna topilot their Formula One team to multiple world championships, Honda utilized his skills, and the technology they had developed through motorsports, along side Italian design company Pininforina, to build their first supercar. Honda wanted a vehicle that was designed to go head to head with the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lotus. In 1984, development began and by 1989 the NSX made its first appearance.One may ask, regardless of their racing success, how Honda ever intended to join the supercar ranks? They really pushed the envelope, and the end product was amazing. They had produced a car with heart, soul, and emotion, which featured race-car like performance, and the reliability of an endurance car. The mystique added to the car through the involvement of the captivating and dynamic Ayrton Senna, is one of the elements that made the project so special. He captivated the people of Brazil and fans of motorsport the world over. The NSX design seemed to have captured some of Senna’s essence, of who he was both on and off the track. It was Senna’s charisma and style that drew people to Honda and Senna. The marriage was something of a perfect fairy tale.Another component of the success of the NSX was its price point. With a base price of almost half that of the Ferrari that it was challenging, Honda had produced a dream, one that seemed attainable for car enthusiast young and old, unlike the thought of a Ferrari in the driveway. The initial investment was still nearly three times that of Honda’s Acura Integra at the time, but in the world of exotics it was a bargain and the cost of ownership was drastically less than the competition. As Honda’s new flagship vehicle, the NSX set the stage for Honda’s identity for years to come, cementing their place as a premier engine builder and leader in automotive technology. It created the outline for the Honda S2000, which I personally couldn’t pass up. Here in the States it also bolstered the Acura nameplate and helped to define Honda’s luxury brand as it’s own entity. This move by Honda was interesting, specifically because the Acura dealership network was still in its infancy and the brand wasn’t global. Those were the reasons that Nissan gave for keeping the GTR under the Nissan nameplate when it launched. Having seen how history has played out, it seems that Honda was wise in it’s thinking.”– Chris A.
From the initial inspection with the owner, it was clear that to restore this beaty to her full potential, a two step paint correction would be needed, but first she needed a proper bath and scrubbing. Beginning with the wheels, using Sonax Full Effect and wheel woolies the wheels and tires were thoroughly cleaned. Next the entire vehicle was foamed and given a deep cleaning. Afterward, iron-x was applied liberally to the surface, then gently agitated, removing all iron particles from the paint’s pores. This was followed by a topical decontamination with Autoscrub fine grade wash mittt. Finally she was given one last foam bath before drying., I went around and liberally applied Iron-x to the entire surface.