Engineering Explained’s Supercharged S2000 Hits the Dyno
Basic bolt-on supercharger kit doesn’t need much boost to crank up the power, especially in the upper rev range.
We’ve watched Jason Fenske at Engineering Explained complete all sorts of modifications on his yellow Honda S2000 over the years. The latest of which was perhaps the biggest mod to date – slapping on a Science of Speed Stage 1 supercharger kit. But while some might be content to just install a blower and call it a day, you know that this science-obsessed maniac couldn’t leave it alone. He had to hit the dyno and see the actual results of his labor via data.
Of course, testing and tuning is a huge part of the process, as Fenske points out. Even though this is essentially a plug and play installation. “You do really want to put it on a dyno and make sure you’re getting the actual air/fuel ratios you are anticipating you should be getting,” they note. Heck, SOS even provides a handy chart so you can check it yourself. And as a side bonus, you’ll get to see the massive power your S2000 now makes.
So what sort of gains did Fenske see with his S2000? Prior to the supercharger installation, the car was producing 185 whp on a Mustang dyno. With 6psi of boost at 8,800 rpm, the little yellow roadster put down an additional 80 ponies at the wheels, all the way up to 265. Things would improve slightly on a DynoJet, producing something in the low 300s.
Not too shabby, we’d say. Especially when you consider that testing occurred in Idaho, which is roughly 2,700 feet above sea level. Interestingly, power curves remain pretty equal until around 4,500 rpm, when the blower starts to really crank things up. And as the revs get higher and VTEC kicks in, the supercharger really shines. All of which is pretty convincing if you’re on the fence about supercharging your S2000!