Is the S2000 Club Racer Really the Ultimate S2000?

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The S2000 Club Racer is quite the unicorn, but is it really the best of the best?

With only 699 of the S2000 CR being produced for the U.S market, getting to drive one is a rarity. Getting to own one is even rarer still. So when YouTuber Zygrene got the chance, he jumped right on it. This one is a 2008 model with nearly 150,000 miles on it, which as we know isn’t a huge deal for an S2000. For a CR, parts are hard to find, but of all the CR modifications from the standard models, the engine wasn’t one of them.  In fact, with the extra drag from the added aero, it was a little slower than the standard car in a straight line.

Honda S2000 Club Racer (CR) road test and review

The idea behind the S2000 Club Racer is to have an OEM car you can drive to the track and be competitive with. All the modifications you want are there when you leave the dealer. Which is a nice idea, but the reality is there are some issues.

For performance you get a wing, uprated dampers and springs, stiffer sway bars, and a removable hardtop for just $2000 and bit extra dollars.

[Editor’s Note: Don’t forget the black lug nuts!]

As a value proposition, add the other smaller things and it looks solid. But, 10 years later, and the aftermarket ensures that a stock S2000 can be upgraded to CR spec relatively easily. Not only that, but an adjustable wing, adjustable sway bars, and adjustable shocks will make a much more interesting proposition for someone truly into their track time.

Both the owner of this CR and Zygrene himself seem to be of the same opinion. Where the CR really shines now is as a unicorn. It’s also fascinating to know what Honda’s idea of a turn-key club racer was. For the money the owner paid and the joy he’s getting out of it, we reckon it’s worth every cent.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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