Second S2000 Build Proves You Can Come Home Again
No other car seems to satisfy the soul quite like a nicely built Honda S2000.
Here in the S2Ki forums, we notice a lot of trends. One of the most interesting is the fact that many of our members have owned more than one S2000, sometimes several. And oftentimes, the reason for that is they give up their beloved ride for various reasons, only to discover that getting rid of them was a terrible mistake. But as ClemsonWill's story proves, you can always come home again.
High School Dreaming
William Hiller started out with a Mitsubishi Eclipse, a car that he cut his proverbial teeth on in terms of modding. But after five years and 100k miles, he managed to replace that ride with his high school dream ride - a Suzuka Blue Honda S2000.
Slowly but surely, Hiller began modding that car as well. But after a while, he got the itch for something with more power, and he decided to let the Honda go. After glancing at a Corvette, he landed on a brand new Nissan 370Z. But faced with a growing family, he soon realized that he needed something with a backseat and swapped it for a Jeep Wrangler.
Despite this, his burning desire for the S2000 never wavered. So he searched for months to find the perfect replacement for his blue '06, and found it in another '06 - this time in Berlina Black.
The plan, this time around, was to make this car a fun driver - something he could enjoy on curvy roads on the weekends. But the first few mods were more of the aesthetic variety - things like a shift knob, seat recover, and Club Racer side markers.
Getting down to Business
Paint correction, a wheel refinishing, and some basic maintenance followed, but soon it was time to really get down to business. Hiller started with a set of Ohlins DFV coilovers, followed by a T1R 70em dual exhaust - the same setup he had on his previous S2000.
Next up, a fresh set of Bridgestone Potenza RE71R tires helped increase grip substantially. And from here, parts just kept rolling in, including a Berk 70mm HFC, aftermarket seat rail to help with the leg room, and a J's Racing engine torque damper and heat shield.
Track Day is The Best Day
At this point, Hiller was simply ready to get out and enjoy his latest S2000. So he did exactly that, starting out with a track day at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his buddies and their cars.
He didn't miss a beat after that, either, heading out on a trip to the mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway to test out his new setup.
Those journeys led to more mods, including major brake upgrades and eventually another wheel swap. Along the way, Hiller has continued to track his car while constantly improving it. We've certainly enjoyed watching his progress, so be sure and head over here to see it in its entirety!