S2000 Battles McLaren Senna at Laguna Seca

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Honda’s legendary rear-drive roadster holds its own against one of the world’s greatest supercars.

The S2000 is arguably one of the best performance cars ever offered up by Honda, with a curb weight around 2,900 pounds and power levels creeping up on 250 horsepower. By modern standards, that’s rather light. However, the McLaren Senna is one of the best performance cars ever offered up by any automaker, with a curb weight of just 2,641 pounds and power levels creeping up on 800 horsepower.

On paper, it is nothing short of laughable to compare the S2000 to the Senna, but in this video from the Zygrene YouTube channel, we see how well a modified S2KI stands up to the newest McLaren at Laguna Seca Raceway.

S2000 at Corkscrew

The Competitors

There isn’t much information on either of these cars, but this particular McLaren Senna is owned by a gentleman named Phil, who has appeared in a few YouTube videos showcasing his incredible British supercar. The car is likely stock, but that is ok, considering that it is one of the most track-capable road cars in the world.

As for the Honda S2000, we can see that it has a roll cage and it is clear that the driver knows how to get around a road course, so there is a chance that the Japanese roadster has been modified. That being said, we don’t have any idea what might be done to this S2000 beyond the safety equipment, but it still does a remarkable job of scooting around Laguna Seca.

S2000 in the Field

The Racing Action

The video takes us along for a ride in the S2000 as the driver makes a few laps around Laguna Seca. Early in the video, we are shown a still shot of the field with an array of impressive performance cars including a few McLarens, a few S2000s a Corvette Z06, a Cadillac CTS-V and a Porsche 911. Since the entire video is shot from inside of the Honda, the only time that we see the other vehicles is when they are right in front of the S2000. Fortunately, the video includes subtitles with commentary of the runs that point out key points along with adding a bit of humor to the racing action.

Senna Passes S2000

Early in the video, the McLaren Senna blasts past, but the Honda battles back, passing shortly before the famed Corkscrew turn. On the next lap, the Senna comes back around and this time, the driver means business. The Honda hangs sort of close for a few seconds, but the Senna quickly disappears.

As an interesting point, take note of how quickly the McLaren pulls out of sight on a lap that is 12-seconds faster.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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