Exactly one year ago, we featured Chris Cut’s 1996 Acura NSX-T. Since that time, he’s been working on a few unique “upgrades.” If you remember, Cut turned his Honda supercar into a cross-country camper with a custom tent and support system that he built himself. Certainly, it was the first time we’d ever seen an NSX used in this manner, and it was all matter of fact and second nature to Chris and his co-pilot, German Shepherd/Border Collie, Cassius. He recently reached out to us to catch us up on some new additions to his unusual project.
Setting the Record Straight
When we introduced this story in 2020, our social pages went crazy with many praising Chris for doing something totally unique and others getting a bit angry, arguing that an NSX, especially one that sits as low as this, would never be able to make it through basic campgrounds.
In actuality, the adjustable suspension grants up to 8.5 inches of clearance and affords enough breathing room to tiptoe through the various campsites Cut visits. When we spoke with him at that time, he’d mentioned purchasing another NSX with thoughts of turning it into a working trailer. Well, that time has arrived.
… Say It Ain’t So!
Now, before you freak out at the thought of Chris finding an NSX and hacking it up, allow him to explain. “The trailer was made out of a 1991 NSX which was totaled twice: the rear end, and then rebuilt, then hit and salvaged again in the front. Because it was totaled twice it couldn’t be issued a rebuildable title a second time. When cars are totaled twice, they’re issued salvage/scrap only title which means it could never be on the road legally ever again.”
Die-hards will say “so what, turn it into a track car!” to which Chris notes, “The second time [the NSX] was hit, it was so hard that the pillars bent, the frame rails cracked, and the floor buckled. I had considered building a track car but after running the numbers, even with cutting corners as much as possible, it would have been much more expensive than just buying an already sorted NSX.”
That is not to say that the NSX won’t see the track, since the trailer will be used both as an extension of Chris’ camping adventures and as a track day hauler for tools, spare wheels, and more at local auto-x events, once he adds a hitch to his Honda S2000.
More Roofs, More Options
Like the initial NSX and its custom tent set up, most of the fabrication and problem solving took place in Chris’s home garage, and all of it was documented on his YouTube channel.
Roof space on the NSX—the drivable, not-trailer one—is now dedicated to an overhead cargo box which, previously, would have to trade places with the roof tent depending on Chris’ destination. The new trailer is now dedicated to tent duty and, unlike the original configuration, that tent no longer needs telescoping legs that transfer the weight of the tent and its occupants to the ground instead of the delicate NSX quarter panels. The open area inside the half-NSX shell provided sufficient space for Chris to bake in some additional support with the tent’s ladder bearing the overhang in the rear.
To maintain road legality, lighting was added to the sides of the NSX shell with the tail and brake lights wired in as well. In the name of real-world camping functionality, a shovel, axe, and assorted essentials are also in place and ready for action.
As if an NSX towing half of an NSX wasn’t enough to garner double-takes from bystanders, Chris dedicated additional time and effort toward making the trailer look almost exactly like its tow rig counterpart. The same matte black Work Wheels with carbon fiber style lips, as well as carbon fiber touches on both the side ducts and rear wing, were included in the process.
Small Things in Cool Packages
Unlock and lift the front door of the NSX trailer and you’ll find there’s plenty of space to stack wheels, a cooler, food, or other supplies, but the width also provides the perfect amount of space to hold Honda’s bite-sized Motocompo. The highly sought-after folding scooter was sold in Japan by the automaker in the early ’80s and marketed as a trunk bike associated with the Honda City hatchback. Release and fold down the handlebars, flatten out the seat, flip up the pegs, and the boxy-shaped scooter could be picked up and stowed securely in the City’s cargo area.
Here, the scooter’s tires reside where the seats were once bolted in place; don’t worry, the scooter is strapped down accordingly. Not only is it a slick surprise lurking behind the custom-built door, but it’s also useful, according to Chris.
“The Motocompo fits perfectly in the NSX trailer, and I’m planning to actually use it not only to putt around campsites but also for its intended purpose to get around cities on my cross-country trip. I’m also looking into seeing if it’s feasible to build a sidecar for my dog, or maybe even a mini trailer for him that the Motocompo can tow him around in, lol! I’ll continue to document my progress along with our cross-country trip and any other adventures we get into on my YouTube channel.”
1996 Acura NSX-T
Owner: Chris Cut
Engine: 3.0L DOHC VTEC V-6 C30 engine; Comptech headers; Pride V2 titanium RFL exhaust; K&N intake
Suspension: D2 air suspension; Air Lift Performance 3H management
Brakes: Drilled rotors
Wheels and Tires: 18×9.5 front, 19×10 rear Work Meister; Kumho Ecsta
Exterior: Burn-up front bumper; Vinny side skirts; Type R carbon fiber hood, rear wing x2; Spoon Sports side scoops; Thule roof box, tent; NSX rear trailer; Yakima SkyRise tent
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