Building an S2000 for the Track... Or Not
This track S2000 build was never supposed to see the track. But the temptation the Honda coaxed out of its owner proved too much to ignore.
Track Car That Won't See the Track?
Let's face it - track-focused S2000 builds are a dime a dozen. But that's for good reason, obviously. Honda's little roadster is just begging to carve corners, and it's easy to make these things very fast. But when S2KI member S2Ker206 set out to build up his own car recently, he went out of his way to declare that it would never see the track. Of course, as you might've already guessed, that proclamation didn't last very long.
Things started off humbly enough with a super clean, 26k-mile gem and some honest intentions. "For the longest time, I always wanted an S2K," the OP explained. "Until last year, I had a chance to pick up one that was moderately modified. I decided that since it was already modified, I might as well do a low budget 'authentic' parts track build and chronicle the changes to see the before and after. I also wanted all my mods to be reversible."
The super clean Honda sure looks stock on the outside, but underneath, it's a different story. The proverbial cherry on top is a Comptech supercharger, but it's also aided by a Comptech header, Hondata K-Pro ECU, forged internals, and polished and ported heads.
To this solid base, the OP began adding additional mods. They included an OEM lip, RPF1s SBC with S2K specs, a J's 70RS Ti and T1R resonated test pipe, and Mishimoto thermostatic oil cooler, followed by a J's Type 1 wing. But then the OP got bored with his wheel choice and switched to a set of Work S1 3Ps.
The Track Beckons
The OP soon scored a set of Recaro seats from a fellow member that turned out to be a fantastic upgrade, though they took a full 8 hours to install. At this point, the OP's build was sure looking like a track car. Though he did swap the T1R for a Ugre Design with Gernby pipe because the drone was driving him nuts.
The next few mods would out the OP's intentions prominently - a Spoon rigid collar, Ballade Sport Axle spacer, and Voltex Type 5. So would all of these fancy goodies truly go untested on a circuit? And the answer to that question is a resounding no.
End, or Beginning?
Turns out, the OP reveals that he's already had his non-track track car on the track, despite the fact that it's far from finished. This goes to show once again, that the lure of racing is far too great for most S2000 owners. But this build is still just in the early stages, so be sure and head over here to see what the OP has in store for the future!