Gorgeous Red Honda S2000 is a Stylish Build
Chris Dornon went from photographing numerous Honda S2Ks to finally building one of his own, and his choice of a power plant is an interesting one.
Before having his name on the registration of this stunning 2002 Honda S2000, Chris Dornon was known for photographing these cars for the Super Street website. Chris has had some experience building cars, like a 1998 Honda Civic, but his true talents never showed until he finished his S2K. One day during a 2012 Honda Tuning shoot, Chris got the idea of finally building one of his own, but he ended up taking it a few steps further.
Starting with the inside of the car, Chris installed a Key's Racing deep steering wheel with a Checkered Sports hub in the center. The stock seats were of course gone, and in their place, Chris installed a set of RaceTech RT4009HR seats with Status Racing five-point harnesses. Finally, Dornin replaced the stock shift knob with a Hybrid Racing V2 Performance shift knob to finish up the interior.
To complement the bright red exterior, Chris installed AP2 S2K headlights, front bumper, and he widened the rear fenders to give it a meaner stance. On the front, he put an APR carbon-fiber front lip, and he kept the carbon-fiber going with the Orbital Composites diffuser for the front, the sides with Downforce, and the rear with the J's Racing diffuser. He also added a K1 Lab carbon-fiber duck-tail spoiler and completed the exterior modifications with a Mugen replica hardtop.
Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension
To contrast the beautiful red paint, Chris chose the black ice pearl finish 5-Zigen wheels, which measure 17"x10" with +35 offset. Wrapped around the wheels is a set of 255/40R17 Bridgestone RE11a tires. Behind the wheels are custom drilled and slotted rotors, EBS yellow brake pads, and a Wireworx ABS tuck kit. Finally, the S2000 sits on Megan Racing Track series coilovers.
Engine and Drivetrain
Chris' S2K is equipped with a Honda AP1 transmission, driveshaft, differential, and axle with an adapter plate and a Competition Clutch Stage 3 S2000 clutch. As for the engine, unlike most S2K builds, this one got a J32A2 Acura TL Type S V-6 engine with a TSX V-6 intake plenum that is mounted at a 180-degree angle. He also installed AD Engineering adjustable cam gears, Gates High-Performance timing belt, and a Coffey Fabrication exhaust manifolds. To keep the six-cylinder motor cool, he installed an AN inline coolant system and an AN line fuel system with a Mishimoto aluminum radiator. To finish up the engine, Chris installed a 74mm K-Series Throttle Body, allowing this engine to deliver 275-whp and 245 pound-feet of torque.