September 23, 2020

Oracle founder Larry Ellison gave away this Japanese Supercar as a gift


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11_04nsx 22_04nsx 95_nsx_t_01By Benjamin Zhang

The adventures of former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison are well chronicled. His possessions including everything from luxury mega-yachts to fighter jets to his own Hawaiian Island. However, what’s even more interesting are things the Silicon Valley titan chooses to give away as gifts.

Ellison has long been a fan of Japanese culture. He owns an $86 million villa in Kyoto, Japan along with as many as 500 pieces of Japanese art. So it should come as no surprise that the Oracle founder’s favorite four-wheeled vehicle is one that many believe to be the quintessential , the Acura/Honda .

In fact, Ellison would reportedly buy a few of these $80,000 rides every year of the model’s 15-year production run to give to friends and top employees as gifts and bonuses, reported Complex Magazine and USA Today.

So what makes the NSX so worthy of Ellison’s adulation? Well, for one thing, it’s got a pedigree. In the late 1980s, Honda (Acura’s parent company) was all but unbeatable in the racing world. The company’s engines powered drivers to six consecutive constructor’s world champions and five straight driver’s world championships.

To commemorate its success, the company decided to build what it considered to be the perfect supercar. It would be fast, high-tech, light-weight, and precise-handling. It would also bring a level of reliability and user-friendliness unseen in the European supercars of the day.

Power for the NSX would come from a 270hp — later 290hp — V6 loaded with engineering derived from Honda’s adventures in F1. To make the car nimble, Honda built most of its supercar from lightweight aluminum. To craft the NSX’s sleek body, the company relied upon the its chief designer , a man who Ferrari would turn to create its million-dollar Enzo Ferrari hypercar a decade later.

With handling of paramount importance to Honda, the company asked its stable of Formula One talent for help. The NSX’s chassis was set up by none other than the great Aryton Senna, who is sadly no longer with us (he died in a racing accident in 1994).

From 1990 until it was discontinued in 2005, the cult favorite remained relatively unchanged, with only an updated front headlight design in 2002. As a result, the NSX stayed true to its original theme of lightweight, Japanese precision.

In an age of high-powered supercars, the NSX goes about its business in a truly understated Japanese manner. No V12 engines. No turbos. No all-wheel drive — and for a long time, no power steering. Just pure driving pleasure. So why does Larry Ellison love the NSX? Probably because it’s Honda’s defiant “Take that!” for its European and American competitors.

Knowing Ellison’s brash and aggressive style of business, that sounds like something he would understand.


1995 Acura NSXT Acura

1995 Acura NSX T Acura Two decades later and it’s still a looker

The 2004 NSX’s 3.2-liter 290hp V6.

F1 legend Aytron Senna put the NSX prototype through its paces on a test track.

The 2004 Acura NSX.

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